Get ancestry.com to offer free DNA testing to reunite separated migrant children
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Dear Ms. Georgiadis and Ms. Newell,
I am writing to ask you to proactively seek out and provide free DNA testing and services to all of the families who have come to the US-Mexico border since April 11, 2018 when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.
This order resulted in separating thousands of minors from their parents or other family members without providing any tracking information, linked IDs, or procedures to reunite. Although President Trump reversed the order on June 21, there are at least 2,000 children who were separated and dispersed into the foster care system across states or held in detention centers along the border. There are no plans—and no means—to reunite these children with their families. Siblings have been separated from one another and the youngest—toddlers—do not know their parents’ full names and any sort of contact information. Some of them do not speak Spanish, but local indigenous languages, which further isolates them. Some of their parents have been detained and held in the US, but others have been turned back or returned to their home countries.
No matter what any of our political leanings are, we can all agree that all children deserve protection, support, and the right to be raised by their parents and families. DNA testing will be the only reliable biological and legal way to help these separated children, their siblings, parents, and other relations find one another. Despite the legal and logistical hurdles that will be involved in providing this service, there is no entity better able to do this than ancestry.com .
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