The Left is flipping out over a new pilot program launched by the United States Customs and Border Protection as it involved fingerprinting illegal immigrant children.
The program, as BizPac Review reports, is designed to protect these children from smuggling operations which often occur across the border by Mexican traffickers.
“A Border Patrol official said this week that the agency had begun a pilot program to collect the biometrics of children with the permission of the adults accompanying them, though he did not specify where along the border it has been implemented,” the Associated Press reported last week.
According to Chief Border Patrol agent Anthony Porvaznik in Yuma, Arizona, traffickers, and smugglers pair these children with adults who seek access across the border. These children are then recycled and used again.
Here’s more on the program, via BizPac Review:
Prior to stepping down from her post earlier this month, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned that smugglers were “recycling” illegal alien children by sending them back across the border into dangerous territory so they could be used to help illegal alien adults gain entry.
Such “recycling” operations are possible in part because of a disastrous omnibus spending bill signed into law last in February that empowers human traffickers like never before in American history.
Section 224(a) of the bill specifically says that none of the money allocated to the Department of Homeland Security may be used to detain or deport “a sponsor, potential sponsor, or member of a household of a sponsor or potential sponsor of an unaccompanied alien child.”
In other words, any migrant who crosses the border illegally with a child in tow cannot be touched by DHS and its sub-agencies, including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Porvaznik said the CBP had also launched a “rapid DNA pilot program,” but due to its costs, they are most interested in collecting the biometric data.
“But that’s a very expensive program,” the border agent continued. “It’s very limited in scope right now. So what we’re relying on are fingerprints and photographs right now. And interviews that agents do with the kids.”
“But the problem is, when we have 1,000 people, 1,100 people in custody, really our goal is to get those people processed because we have timelines, time-in-custody limits, where we need to move those people out of our custody,” Porvaznik added.
Some people on the Left decried the biometric scanning and likened it to the action of Nazi death camp soldiers during World War II:Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.