U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joined Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss her legislation to require a DNA test to substantiate the familial relationship between an alien and an accompanying minor.
The legislation will prevent drug traffickers and gang members from trafficking children, according to a press release from the senator’s office.
The bill is in response to asylum-seekers with children who do not have documentation the kids are theirs, Blackburn said. Requiring a DNA test will help weed out traffickers using children. In effect, people are renting their children out to accompany unrelated adults. Every child 12 and above is receiving a pregnancy test, Blackburn said.
Video of the interview is available here.
On the End Child Trafficking Now Act, Blackburn said, “These children are being placed into sex trafficking, labor gangs, MS-13 gangs. This is a way for us to make certain that those children are properly taken care of and that these traffickers are prosecuted. So, as they catch more of these smugglers, this is a way to deport them back to their home country or to prosecute those that need to face prosecution…. This DNA test that will take ninety minutes will help us to root out these smugglers and also to protect these children.”
“Today more than ever, you have more people in slavery than ever in the world’s history,” she said.
The Senator also discussed the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s report on alleged FISA abuse.
On the IG Report, Blackburn said, “I really do believe that they are doing this right. They are being very careful [and] meticulous. They know as they bring the report forward… it has got to be rock solid, iron clad. They’re going to get it right.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general told Attorney General William Barr on Friday that he completed his investigation into possible FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act during the Trump-Russia probe, The Tennessee Star said.
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