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S. 1843: End Child Trafficking Now Act

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If only Maury Povich hadn’t ended his television show’s DNA tests last year.


In 2019, the Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security began a pilot program for DNA testing at the U.S.-Mexico border. The government was concerned that Mexican cartels were smuggling adults into the U.S. by using children who weren’t actually biological relations.

The pilot program was originally quite limited in scope. It was only implemented for three days, in May 2019. And it was not used across the entire border, instead only being implemented in McAllen, Texas, and El Paso, Texas.

During those three days, at those two locations, ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) suspected and DNA-tested 84 ostensible families for presumed fraud, discovering that 16 were not biologically related — for a rate of …

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Marsha Blackburn

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Tennessee. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2023
Length: 5 pages
Jun 7, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jun 7, 2023

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10 Cosponsors (10 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted (details)


Jun 7, 2023

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