As CNN noted yesterday, the Trump administration is now performing DNA tests on adults and children separated at the border, reuniting families where there is match. CNN learned about the measure from an unnamed federal official, who explained:
The safety and security is paramount and that it is not uncommon for children to be trafficked or smuggled by those claiming to be parents. To our knowledge this is a cheek swab and is being done to expedite parental verification and ensuring reunification with verified parents due to child welfare concerns.
While I wouldn’t expect liberals to applaud the move — partly because of their animus toward the president but also because CNN’s source was unable to confirm whether the samples were disposed of or retained — I might expect a measured reaction to it. The administration after all is moving expeditiously to reunite families while simultaneously ferreting out “non-families” for a closer look.
But the reaction from the Left has been anything but measured. Jennifer Falcon, a spokeswoman for Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), called the move deplorable, adding, “This is a further demonstration of administration’s incompetence and admission of guilt.”
Far-left Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) chimed in with an emotionally charged tweet:
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) July 5, 2018
Enter the “Trump is Hitler” chants in 5, 4, 3, ….
So what’s missing from this conversation, which has now been extended by the ACLU to include civil rights and to matters of consent and privacy? It is the reality of where these ostensible “family units” were first picked up. They were not intercepted at a Citizenship and Immigration Services office where they were waiting for their green cards. They were picked up at some point between ports of entry along the porous Mexican-U.S. border where they were trying to sneak into the country.
As with the horror of “little kids” being “ripped from their mamas,” the indignity of being required to submit to a DNA test is something these migrants brought upon themselves. How is it that the Left invariably leaves that inconvenient truth out of its excoriations of the evil Trump administration?