Democrats Block Major Chid Trafficking ‘Deterrent’ at Border

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Democrats have blocked DNA tests at the United States-Mexico border, a measure that former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials described as “a strong deterrent” against child trafficking.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) sought to pass by unanimous consent the End Child Trafficking Now Act, requiring DHS to DNA test all adult migrants and children at the southern border to prove they are related.

However, Democrats blocked its passage.

Breitbart reported: The bill’s goal, Blackburn and other Senate Republicans said, is to end the process of child trafficking where adult migrants bring unrelated children with them to cross the border in the hopes of being released into the U.S. interior.

President Joe Biden’s DHS reportedly ended such DNA testing last year.

Last year, Lora Ries, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Border Security and Immigration Center, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Biden administration’s ending DNA testing would ultimately lead to a spike in child trafficking.

“The results are very predictable: A return to more child smuggling, child recycling, and child trafficking. Say you’re a family and we’ll take your word for it,” Ries said.

DHS officials have previously suggested that as many as 3-in-10 children arriving at the border with adult migrants are being trafficked.

Those startling figures are what prompted former President Donald Trump’s administration to expand DNA testing across the border.

“It is clear on-site DNA testing has a strong deterrent effect, as [Homeland Security Investigations] agents witnessed multiple instances of individuals confessing to faux families prior to being tested as well,” former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Derek Benner said in 2019.

Those cosponsoring the bill included:

Sens. Bill Hagerty (R-TN)

Thom Tillis (R-NC)

John Hoeven (R-ND)

Bill Cassidy (R-LA)

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)

Ted Cruz (R-TX)

Mike Lee (R-UT)

Steve Daines (R-MT)

J.D. Vance (R-OH)

Joni Ernst (R-IA)

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