June 1, 2023
By Brian Lonergan
An important weapon in the Biden Administration’s quest to completely destabilize America’s borders has been the talking point that its immigration policies are designed to help the less fortunate of the world, children in particular. It has proven to be an effective shield against those who would question the wisdom of importing the world’s poverty problem en masse.
Like most ideas of the radical Left, however, even the most noble-sounding policies end up hurting the very people they are said to be meant to help. For children making the dangerous journey north to the United States, Joe Biden’s policies mostly offer them the threat of slavery, abuse, and death.
The latest proof of this assertion comes from a leaked memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It reveals that, as of May 31, the federal government ended familial DNA testing at the southern border. Don’t expect to hear about this on the news, but it is a move that will have tragic consequences while also revealing the galling cruelty and hypocrisy of the Biden Administration.
For those who do not follow the border crisis closely, child trafficking has been a growing problem. Because recent U.S. immigration policy has favored family units over individuals crossing illegally, cartels have begun to “rent” children to their migrant customers looking to enter the United States. Once the migrants successfully cross the border, the children are then recycled back to Mexico and assigned to another client.
Along the way, these “rentals” are often subjected to violence and sexual abuse. Breaker boys, children who worked in coal mines in late 19th century America, faced an easier predicament by comparison.
DNA testing started in 2019 to combat the child rental practice. If CBP officers suspected a migrant was falsely claiming to be a child’s parent, they would submit the case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who would then test to verify the familial relationship. It was an effective way to limit the sickening exploitation of children. Now, thanks to the illogical, agenda-driven bureaucracy of the Biden White House, it is inexplicably gone.
To address the inevitable civil liberties questions, the program required all testing results to be destroyed after use, ensuring that the results could not be used against migrants in any future criminal cases.
The practice worked. In one month of testing in 2019, ICE officials identified 101 possible instances of fraudulent families and determined that one-third of them were, in fact, fraudulent. The children caught up in the surge of migrants north were unquestionably safer with the DNA testing program in place.
Despite the preposterous claims by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas that his department is “taking it to the cartels,” the U.S. government has become the silent partner of the ruthless criminal enterprises that are profiting from human misery at our border.
The cartels transport the migrants from the Northern Triangle or other points south to the U.S. border, and Biden’s immigration agents process them at the border so that various nonprofit groups can disperse them throughout the interior of the United States. It’s an efficient pipeline that benefits all the partners. The best part is that the enterprise is mostly funded by the U.S. citizen taxpayers, who then must suffer under the numerous bad consequences that come from a reckless mass migration policy.
Are the architects of this ghoulish flesh-peddling market held accountable for what reasonably could be called crimes against humanity? Quite the opposite. Biden, Mayorkas, and other fellow travelers hide behind the rhetoric that they are the compassionate saviors of children, and their co-conspirators in the corporate media willfully refuse to fill their constitutional role as a watchdog on government. Anyone seeking to stop human trafficking by securing our borders is branded as a heartless xenophobe.
Whenever Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi or other establishment elites advocate dismantling our borders for the benefit of “the children,” know that the children will suffer the most. If the best interests of the children really mattered, the border would be sealed, and our immigration laws would actually be enforced. This is about creating obedient new voting blocs that will maintain the status quo. The children are just stepping stones on the road to bolstering entrenched power.
Brian Lonergan is director of communications at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest law firm working to defend the rights and interests of the American people from the negative effects of illegal migration.
Also published at American Greatness, June 1, 2023.
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