(TargetLiberty.org) – Unaccompanied migrant children have been flooding across the US-Mexico border the past few weeks. So far, the Biden administration has refused to acknowledge the crisis. A group of four Republican Senators is tired of executive inaction, and is doing something about it.
Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reintroduced the 2019 End Child Trafficking Now Act on March 24.
The bill would require DNA testing of all families crossing the border to confirm that migrants presenting themselves to border agents are actually related to each other.
As One America News Network recently reported, concerns continue to mount over claims that migrants are using other people’s children in hopes of obtaining entry and “immigration benefits” in the United States. Likewise, there’s concern that drug smugglers are posing as parents to gain entry into the US.
Passage of this bill would go far in providing US Customs and Border Protection agents the necessary tools to help them find and punish individuals trafficking in children and drugs.
Sen. Blackburn recently spoke to Fox News about the importance of the bill.
Sen. Blackburn Speaks Out
Sen. Blackburn issued a press release on March 24 discussing the importance of the legislation. As she explained, she had heard of the exploitation of migrant children by transnational drug gangs as part of their ongoing efforts to gain “illegal entry” into the US.
After observing the situation firsthand, she decided to reintroduce her 2019 bill to fight back against the practice. “Drug cartels… are using children to falsely present themselves as family units,” she explained.
Mandatory DNA tests “will send a powerful message” to traffickers that they “will be caught and aggressively prosecuted,” she concluded.
The nation needs better laws to address the mounting issues surrounding border security. Passage of the End Child Trafficking Now Act could likely serve as a step in the right direction.
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