Skip to comments.HHS Secretary: No Confusion at Border: DNA Tests Under Way to Match Kids With Parents
Posted on 07/05/2018 10:56:48 AM PDT by xzins
Contrary to reports of mass confusion at the Southwest Border, where the Department of Health and Human Services is under a court order to reunite children with the parents who brought them here illegally, "there is no confusion whatsoever," HHS Secretary Alex Azar told Fox News Thursday morning.
Azar said his department is working against a court-imposed deadline to reunite the 11,800 children with the people who are claiming to be their parents. The process includes DNA testing.
"Every child is accounted for," Azar said. "We know every child, where they are. We know the record -- the last time any kids had their fingernails clipped. We have comprehensive records on 11,800 kids in our care and custody."
The court has imposed what Azar called an "artificial deadline."
"We'll comply with the court's order. Our instructions are clear, our path is clear, we're executing against it. There's no confusion whatsoever."
Azar said child welfare comes first, and he said HHS has dealt with "hundreds of thousands" of separated children in recent years. Some of those children came here illegally with their parents; others were sent here without their parents.
Azar said HHS normally does not send children into the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, because a court order says family units in DHS custody can be detained for no longer than 20 days. Normally, he said, children who cross illegally are separated from their parents and put in HHS custody, but a recent court order ordered HHS to send the children back to their parents being held by DHS.
"Now, we will work with the court -- we are doing so today to get clarification and hopefully support from the court to allow us to do our job -- to ensure that in fact these are parents of the children. And ensure that they are suitable individuals to go back to," Azar said.
"We're doing DNA testing on everybody who claims to be the parent of one of our children to confirm that. We check birth certificates. We have surged 230 HHS people and contractors out to ICE facilities to sit with the parents to get information to prove suitability and parentage of them to work through this process. Because what we care about is the kids' welfare."
Azar said he learned just this morning about two children, both under four years old, whose "purported parents" have been charged with, or convicted of, rape, kidnapping, child abuse and narcotics violations:
"We are supporting child welfare and working to protect these kids. So it may seem easy -- 'Oh, why don't you just send these kids back over to ICE and reunify these families.'
"We have a vital and historic mission here to protect these children, to make sure that these are in fact their parents, and make sure that it is a safe environment that we're placing them back into, and we use every minute of time the court gives us against its deadline to ensure that that mission of child welfare and support for these kids is fulfilled."
From the article:
“Azar said he learned just this morning about two children, both under four years old, whose “purported parents” have been charged with, or convicted of, rape, kidnapping, child abuse and narcotics violations:”
All this, work, just send them all back.
What’s the over/under on matches?
They just started the program, although you’d think it would have been common sense even under Obama.
I’ll bet a minimum of 20% are not with relatives of any sort.
Maybe they can share the DNA reports with “da children” and show them that the border never “crossed” them. Their ancestors always lived south of the current border after moving there from Spain.
We need a wall and a big beautiful gate they must enter thru.
If only 2000 of them are accompanied by families, why should the unaccompanied minors not be sent to their home countries to find their families who have probably given up hope?
Yes to the wall and to all kinds of high tech gadgets and to a no man’s land around the wall.
I for one am so glad they are doing the DNA test to reunite the kids and parents because this whole outrage has been a set-up from the start. The second phase of this manufactured outrage is that we placed kids with the wrong parents or with know human traffickers. Using the DNA test we can prove that many of these kids are not here with any parents at all. They were handed over to Coyote’s and traffickers in an attempt to manufacture this crisis. Plain and simple.
This will cause a drop in human trafficking.
I thought it was Fireworks but it’s Heads Exploding
Push them all back into Mexico and let the Mexicans sort it out.
[ From the article:
Azar said he learned just this morning about two children, both under four years old, whose purported parents have been charged with, or convicted of, rape, kidnapping, child abuse and narcotics violations: ]
And yet when I brought up this sort of point last week to my liberal trump hating family members they said it “RARELY HAPPENS”.....
Yeah, so that excuses it all....
How the hell did I turn out to be one of the very FEW SANE people in my family????
There is the money that the cartel gets from the illegal.
There is the money that they get from selling sex from these illegals.
There is the money they get for the illegals carrying drugs.
There is the money that gets paid to bureaucrats for “handling” this “problem”
There is the money that agencies get for coordinating with social workers.
There is the money that social workers get for coordinating with foster parents, childrens’ homes, housing authorities, etc.
Everyone is taking a piece of this pie.
Follow the money
I am utterly dumbfounded as to why we are doing this. Just last week the Supreme Court Ruled that Trump has absolute and unequivocal power on immigration matters. He must have a finding that the existential immigration status is ‘Detrimental to the National interest.” That’s it!! These illegal aliens are per se “detrimental to the national interest.” Build the wall. Stop illegals AT THE BORDER. Enforce the laws of the United States. This is absurd after the Muslim travel ban case. Its over!! Just do it!!
Just turn them all back!
We should have a wall or fence or something.
Now we we be able to prove who brought their own kids & who are human smugglers. Also, we will have an extensive DNA data base for criminal use.
I’m sure the ACLU will soon file suit.
You might need to get one of the family DNA tests. LOL.
Oh cool, that sounds like a really inexpensive solution to help reunite criminals who disregard our law.
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