On Tuesday, July 30th, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Mark Morgan testified before the Senate of Homeland Security. Morgan told the Senate committee that 5,800 “fake families” have been discovered trying to enter the U.S illegally this year.
Chairman Ron Johnson asked Morgan, "Our laws prevent us from holding people more than 20 days and because we can't get the information we're probably releasing them even sooner than that in many cases, correct?"
Morgan replied, “That’s correct.”
According to both Morgan and Johnson this poses a major threat to the United States. They believe releasing undocumented immigrant families into the general public without going through a vetting proccess poses a “real danger” to public safety but also to the immigrants themselves.
Due to the amount of people going through these facilities, apparently, authorities do not have the time nor the resources to determine if these immigrant children are with their parents or human traffickers. Unfortunately, it could go either way. When further discussing this, Morgan went on to say, “It’s a challenge.”
However, as of April 2019, the Department of Homeland Security was supposed to start DNA testing to determine family connections at the border. But, according to Morgan this either hasn’t being enforced or is somehow being avoided.
Later on, Morgan was asked by Johnson about the exact number of “fraudulent families” and he said, “I don't have the overall percentage but we do have the numbers. Right now at border patrol, 5,800 and HSI, part of ICE, they've identified hundreds since their pilot program of pushing agents forward.”
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