The policies of President Donald Trump toward undocumented immigrants bypassing the Southern border have proven to be one of the most incendiary topics of his campaign and subsequent presidency.
The Trump administration has taken disturbing measures in the pass to strengthen so-called border security, from caging children to shutting down the government over a wall, and asylum-seekers are often treated as suspect by the administration. A new practice from the Department of Homeland Security continues the questionable tradition with a policy designed to spot the rare groups of asylum seekers who pretend to be family members in order to gain leniency—roughly 1% of the families detained at the border.
The process subjects immigrants to a DNA swab to test the so-called legitimacy of a family unit. The test takes 90 minutes but the ethical implications of implementing it have some concerned.
DNA testing of Individuals, Citizen or Foreign requires Probable Cause beyond the scope of convienience or Percieved Threat. Emphasis on Percieved.
Again, the Trump Regeim Spits in the Face of the Constitution & Congress DOES NOTHING to Challenge or Intervene
— The Tolerance Foundation (@tolerance_the) May 2, 2019
aaaaahhhh… but the propaganda value tho…
— ImmgtnRightsActivist #Lights4Liberty (@ImmigActivists) May 2, 2019
Meanwhile how many rape kits are sitting on shelves, untested, for lack of funds to do DNA testing…?
— Maggie Stewart (@MagStewart) May 2, 2019
As many pointed out, the DNA kits could be used to reunite the many families separated as a result of the Trump administration’s radical immigration policies.
— Robin Baxter (@Robin2xHoo) May 2, 2019
From the clown car that can't keep track of the children they have already stolen, new, expensive, buffoonery.
— Tiffany Newberry (@TifNew) May 2, 2019
How about we find the disappeared children first?
— Bernny Monster (@BernnyMonster) May 2, 2019
Another day, another insidious policy.