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More disgusting news on DNA testing in Africa

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 21, 2008

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal ran a more detailed article then we had previously seen about the widespread fraud in the largest portion of our legal immigration program—family reunification.  Guess what?  The majority of East Africans who apply to come to join relatives in America are not related (that is the first bit of disgusting news).  Widespread fraud has caused the suspension of the program:

The State Department has suspended a humanitarian program to reunite thousands of African refugees with relatives in the U.S. after unprecedented DNA testing by the government revealed widespread fraud.

This suspension began in April.  Why haven’t we heard about the details sooner?  Disgusting!  (Our first little hint of this was back in July here.)  The Wall Street Journal continues:

Typically, a refugee already living in the U.S., a so-called anchor, is entitled to apply for permission to bring a spouse, minor children, parents and siblings. The process requires interviews, medical examinations and security screening.

But suspicion has grown in recent years that unrelated Africans were posing as family members to gain entry. “This program is designed for people to reunify with family members” already in the U.S., says Barbara Strack, director of the refugee division at U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. “We wanted to have empirical data” to confirm suspected fraud, she says.

In February, the State Department launched pilot testing in Kenya to verify family relationships, mainly among Somalis.

Regular readers of RRW, will not be surprised at the Somalis.  The BBC tells us that only 20% of those who applied were legitimately related.  Can you just imagine how many East African refugees got into the US fraudulently since 911?

And, then how is this for more disgusting news.  Catholic Charities and other of these groups which make their living resettling refugees using your tax dollars try to suggest there are other ways of defining family.  You can just call someone son or daughter and magically they can come to America:

“No one condones people gaining entry by false means; the integrity of the program must be ensured,” says Bob Carey, chair of Refugee Council USA, a coalition of U.S. agencies that work on refugee issues, and vice president of resettlement for the International Rescue Committee. However, he adds, “DNA is not the only means to assess family relationships.”

Refugee advocates say the definition of family among Africans extends beyond blood relatives, especially when families fleeing persecution are scattered. “Some families are raising children who aren’t their own but whom they call son or daughter,” says Ms. Fox of Catholic Charities.

The Wall Street Journal ends with a bright bit of information.  The numbers of refugees admitted this fiscal year are low so far.  The Bush Administration aimed for 80,000 total refugees by the end of FY08.  September 30th marks the end of the year.   Looks like they won’t make 80,000.

Between Oct. 1, 2007, and Aug. 13 of this year, the U.S. admitted 45,644 refugees. For the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2008, the Bush administration set a ceiling for African refugees at 16,000. But by Aug. 13, only 6,780 Africans had been admitted.

Update:  More numbers here.  They tested 5000 applicants finding that only 20% were telling the truth and this article says 95% of family reunification applicants come from Africa.

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15 Responses to “More disgusting news on DNA testing in Africa”

  1. […] had reported in August that random DNA testing demonstrated that 80% of those seeking entry into the US from African […]

  2. […] back to my story today.  Regular readers are well aware of the the fraud that was discovered in the P-3 (family reunification program) of the US State Department.  It was learned in 2008 that as many as […]

  3. […] first reported the scandal here in August of 2008 after learning about it from the Wall Street […]

  4. […] of fraud.  It then suspended the program worldwide. See our previous posts on DNA testing here, here, here, here, and here.  We’ve been posting on it since […]

  5. […] had reported in August that random DNA testing demonstrated that 80% of those seeking entry into the US from African […]

  6. […] and I bet all those Somalis who slipped in before the DNA testing got underway are now registered to vote for […]

  7. hebdige said

    @JR That of course depends on how you define “family,” there are after all quite a number of ways by which people in various places define how a household ought to be constituted. But that isn’t your question. Whether someone remains a part of a family (adoptive or otherwise) in large part depends on whether they remain active in it. In the context of migration, how one marries and whether one supports family members oversees or brings them to the United States shapes how one remains part of a family. If immigration policy divides people it often weakens these links.

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  9. JR said

    Hebdige
    Good point!

    I’m against fraud too, but these countries have issues that most other countries don’t have.
    The question that I have is, when “adopted” as part of the family do they stay part of the family?

    JR

  10. […] have reported to you before that the number is so low (relatively low!) for 2008 because DNA testing in Africa […]

  11. hebdige said

    The results of these DNA tests are not altogether surprising—this does not indicate fraud nor anything illegal, however. Adoption and fostering are very common in war-zones where families are regularly disrupted, and where children are often separated from their parents (either to seek safety or because they are orphaned, etc). Written documentation is perhaps as uncommon in these areas (where governments no longer work) as adoption is normal. As a result, adoptive caretakers very often are unable to document adoption. If anything, one should ask whether the willingness of so many people to care for biologically-non-related children is evidence of “fraud” or evidence of the kind of compassion that seems to be lacking on this blog.

  12. […] is a thought, why don’t we DNA test Sis and all the siblings and see if they are really related.  Afterall, the US State Department has […]

  13. Per said

    Is anyone surprised?
    Somalia is a nation hardly worth any other term than “Fraudalia”.
    The somalis are actually best off with their goats in their homeland.

  14. jim said

    Is Obama one of the refugees that has entered the U.S illegally?

  15. […] More disgusting news on DNA testing in Africa […]

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