New border issue

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Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen brought to attention that human smugglers are “recycling” children in order to allow entrance for adult migrants into the United States.

“Smugglers and traffickers have caught on that the outdated laws, lack of resources, and bad court decisions effectively give them a free ticket into America…,” said Secretary Neilsen to the House Homeland Security Committee.

“…we have encountered recycling rings, where innocent young people are used multiple times to help aliens gain illegal entry, as a nation, we simply cannot stand for this.”

Neilsen said there has been a 620 percent increase in families, or those posing as families, who are apprehended at the U.S. border with Mexico.

From April 2018 to February 2019, border agents have received almost 2400 reports of families claiming to be families when in fact this is not true.

Most of these cases include migrants stating they are under 18 when they really are not.

This year, 136,150 migrants claiming to be family units and 26,937 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors have been apprehended, according to the February Southwest Border Migration Report.

The reason the formation of “fake” families is an issue is because any adult with a child, someone under 18, is not allowed to be deported.

Border agents do not DNA test nor fingerprint young children in order to find out if the family is related or not.

The issues on the border continue to escalate daily and the country is divided on what to do about it.