House Republican calls for fingerprinting children brought over US border to crack down on trafficking

First appearance on Fox: House Republicans are unveiling new efforts to increase transparency and accountability at the southern border.

Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) is leading two bills aimed at stemming the flow of immigrants into the United States. Border security is quickly becoming a flashpoint in this Congress, with Republicans in the House and Senate pushing for border security reform. The asylum system needs to be combined with additional funding for Ukraine.

One of the bills, the Stopping Human Trafficking Requires Preventing Immigrant Recycling (PRINTS) Act, would authorize Customs and Border Protection agents to fingerprint minors under the age of 14. It is.

Supporters of the bill argue that it would not only crack down on child trafficking, but also “recycling,” where bad actors take children across borders and pretend they are relatives, creating the appearance of a family unit. There is.

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Border Patrol agents thwart a people smuggling attempt near Laredo, Texas. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

“Open borders have no mercy, and the primary victims of President Biden’s border crisis are young children who are repeatedly abused and trafficked by cartels,” Hinson told Fox News Digital. Told. “In fact, the Biden administration is not ‘tracking’ more than 85,000 migrant children, putting them at risk of exploitation and further abuse.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Texas), who is co-sponsoring the print bill in the Senate with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), told Fox News Digital that “the repeated abuse and exploitation of children is “This is one of the most heinous acts.” You can imagine it, but it happens every day along the southern border. ”

He said the bill would give border officials “the tools they need to identify victims of child recycling and stop this abuse.”

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Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) is leading an effort to close what she calls loopholes in the Biden administration’s immigration system. (CQ-Roll Call Inc. via Getty Images / File)

Another bill, called the Southern Border Transparency Act, would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to report on the number of immigrants on parole at each point of entry, broken down by demographics and ethnicity. .

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It would also require reporting data on how many migrants are placed in expedited removal, voluntary exit permits, or other procedures at these points of entry.

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President Biden and Border Patrol agents walk along the U.S.-Mexico border fence on January 8, 2023 in El Paso, Texas. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)


Hinson said refugee laws have become too lax under the Biden administration and are contributing to the border crisis.

“The Biden administration has significantly expanded catch-and-release and mass amnesty by widening loopholes and allowing illegal immigrants to abuse the asylum system, but they are hiding the full extent of this from the American people. ” she said. “This bill would require DHS to release a full report on its catch-and-release practices and tell the American public the truth about the border crisis.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Biden administration for comment on Republican efforts to strengthen refugee laws.



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