Federal immigration officers working on the U.S.-Mexico border will start “as early as next week” carrying out rapid DNA tests on immigrants in custody who claim to be related, a Department of Homeland Security official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday evening.
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(Reuters) – The U.S. government, under court order to quickly reunify parents and children who were separated after crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, has expanded its use of DNA tests to establish paternity in immigration matters.
Genetic tests have helped an organization called DNA-Prokids reconnect more than 1,000 missing children with their families in Mexico, Nepal, Thailand and several other countries, including the kidnapping case in Guatemala City.
Jose Lorente, a professor of forensic medicine at the University of Granada in Spain, started the organization. Lorente said he was moved by the children he saw on the streets in cities around the world. Many were victims of trafficking and had parents who were looking for them.
More than 2,000 immigrant children—some just toddlers—have been separated from their families and are now strewn across shelters in at least 16 states. With no clear end to the crisis, some commercial DNA testing companies are offering to help.
SAN FRANCISCO — Genetics testing companies are offering to help reunite families separated at the border, but it’s unclear how they would get DNA kits into the hands of migrants and the testing itself could carry hefty privacy risks for migrant families.
WASHINGTON — The relatives carried photographs, identification cards, anything that might help find the missing. Inside a red-brick church in the nation’s capital, in a small room near a sparkling Christmas tree, they opened their mouths so workers could scrape a sample of their DNA.
Three brothers, in black jackets and matching jeans, sought the fate of a sister who vanished in the Arizona desert two years ago. Housecleaner Olga Gonzalez, of Maryland, was searching for her daughter, Mirna, 31 years old when she disappeared in 2013.
A special team of immigration advocates, working in collaboration with forensic experts, will be in Manhattan later this month to get DNA samples from New York City area immigrant families whose relatives are missing and may have died crossing the deserts of the American southwest.
INDIANAPOLIS — For University of Indianapolis professor Krista Latham, the field of forensics isn’t just science. It’s also human rights.
The anthropologist and four of her graduate students recently spent a week at a rural Texas cemetery, helping exhume the bodies of unidentified migrants buried there. Their efforts are the first step to name these anonymous individuals, who lost their identities and lives while trying to enter the United States.
Huffington Post Blog from Spencer Wells-I recently turned 44. As with all of one’s birthdays, a milestone like this is a chance to gaze backward and assess, as well as an opportunity to look to the future and imagine possibilities. As I do this, though, I’m cognizant of a friend who is being celebrated for turning 60 this year. She’s been in my life since before I was born, and she will be around long after I’ve faded into distant memory. But, in the way that humans do when we describe a feature in the natural world, we’ve assigned to her a birthday based on when we first recognized how special she was. I’m talking, of course, about deoxyribonucleic acid — DNA, our blueprint, the hardware/software combination that keeps us on the straight and narrow, controlling our development as we grow from fertilized egg to adult, as well as our biological evolution as a species.
…Federal officials maintain they are trying to verify the identities of foreigners without compromising personal information. Fingerprints and iris scans are among the more reliable ID verification technologies. Portable DNA screening devices may be on the horizon. Officials say they take care to safeguard the databases that house the sensitive data collected…
US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) just released documents in response to one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is considering expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids that are younger..
Orange County Register
The day Hoang left Vietnam with her new Vietnamese-American fiancé, she knew it would take a while before she’d get the chance to petition for her 10-year-old son Dat Le to join her in the United States.
While she expected a long haul, she couldn’t foresee the harsh road ahead, which included doing a DNA test to prove that Dat Le was truly her son.