The Obama Administration Is Planning To Re-Open "Family Reunification" For Refugees.
October 14, 2010, 05:00 AM
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The U.S. is planning to re-open the "following-to-join" program known as "family reunification" for refugees.

Most of the "family reunification" provisions in the U.S. refugee program were suspended two years ago after the rate of fraudulent family claims was found to be as high as 90 percent among Somali refugees.

With the new regulations, a refugee or asylee in the U.S. can petition for refugee admission for a parent and or an unmarried child under 21, but DNA evidence of the claimed parent-child relationships must be established.

Here is what is worth commenting on:

There is no proof, via DNA verification, that the initial family unit is really a family unit.  So a family can come over with children who are not related to each other and each of these children can serve as an anchor for a parent who then brings in other children and so on.  Most of our current refugee influx is from polygamous societies which complicates the process further.

There is no DNA verification whatsoever for those who petition for relatives as non-refugee immigrant admissions.  And no DNA verification at all for refugees and asylees who petition for relatives to come over under the I-730 program, another refugee-like program with instant welfare benefits and other privileges.

Also, it is a pretty sure thing that the U.S. taxpayer will pick up the entire tab for the DNA testing program, which will be run to a large degree by the same fraudsters who caused the U.S. to close the program to begin with.

Thomas Allen has written about refugee issues for VDARE.com before.