‘The fraud can be in a number of different ways…’
(The Epoch Times) No one is able to estimate how many fraudulent families have already been released into the United States.
But almost 250,000 individuals within “family units” have been apprehended by Border Patrol in the past seven months.
A new initiative by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), using rapid DNA testing, has revealed a 30 percent rate of fraud in the two test areas of El Paso and Rio Grande Valley, Texas.
The test, which requires consent from the adult, uses cheek swabs from both the adult and child and takes about two hours to get results.
Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE, is also interviewing families that Border Patrol suspects are fake.
Between mid-April and May 10, HSI special agents interviewed 562 family units, with a full 48 percent of them being determined as fake.
Of the 562 interviewed, 95 fraudulent families were identified, in addition to more than 176 fraudulent documents or claims.
“The fraud can be in a number of different ways. You could have two adults that are actually related, for example, a father and a daughter, but the daughter has a counterfeit or altered birth certificate showing her to be a juvenile,” said Jack Staton, special agent in charge, ICE Homeland Security Investigations El Paso…Original Source…