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Friday, July 13, 2018

Migrant children being used as ‘commodity to circumvent a loophole,’ border agent says

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Border patrol agents stop a 16-year-old trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Fox News)

This comes after a federal judge sided with the American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday to speed up the reunification process by, among other things, skipping DNA tests for many children.

Some of the border patrol agents with the Rio Grande Valley sector expressed some concern over the ruling, saying it could present a risk to security if limitations on DNA tests expand.

But immigration advocates argue that these children call for special circumstances. 

“The court could not have been clearer that business as usual is not acceptable,” Lee Gelernt of the ACLU said in a statement. “The Trump administration must get these children and parents reunited.”

Emilie Ikeda is a multimedia reporter based in Atlanta.