In a resolute and compassionate move, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond has taken a firm stand to address the distressing issue of human trafficking that continues to afflict our border communities. Supervisor Desmond recently penned a letter addressed to President Biden and the Federal Government, urging them to reinstate DNA testing at the border—a crucial step towards safeguarding innocent lives and combating the heinous crimes of human trafficking and child exploitation.
The termination of DNA family testing by the Biden Administration is a deeply troubling decision that has raised concerns regarding the safety and well-being of vulnerable individuals, particularly innocent children who are at risk of exploitation and trafficking. Supervisor Desmond, recognizing the urgency of the matter, has called for the swift reinstatement of DNA testing, leaving no room for delay.
The reports of individuals fraudulently claiming children as their own, thereby separating them from their true guardians, are not only harrowing but also wholly unacceptable. In the face of such inhumane practices, it is imperative that measures be put in place to bring this cruelty to an immediate halt. Reinstating DNA testing is a rational and morally essential step towards achieving this goal.
Mandatory DNA testing, enforced through stringent penalties for adults who resist compliance, stands as a pragmatic approach to dismantling the reprehensible practice of using children for criminal purposes. It is a powerful deterrent against individuals who would exploit innocent children, ensuring that those who engage in such activities are held accountable for their actions.
Beyond the borders, human trafficking is a grave humanitarian crisis that has far-reaching consequences, particularly in border communities like San Diego. This crime’s alarming prevalence, including heartbreaking statistics, underscores the urgency of taking decisive action. Human traffickers, cartels, and coyotes exploit innocent children in their criminal enterprises, subjecting them to unimaginable horrors like sexual abuse and trafficking. Supervisor Desmond’s call to reinstate DNA testing is a moral imperative in the fight against these horrific crimes.
In the face of a humanitarian crisis, Supervisor Jim Desmond’s leadership shines brightly. His unwavering commitment to the safety of innocent children sets a standard that all elected officials should aspire to follow. It is a call to action that should echo through the halls of government, ensuring that our borders are secure, our children are protected, and our future is brighter for all.
DNA Testing at the Border
I’ve just taken action by sending a letter addressed to President Biden and the Federal Government, urging them to reinstate DNA testing at the border. This is a crucial step in addressing the rampant issue of human trafficking that plagues our border communities. We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that innocent children are being exploited and traded as commodities. It’s high time we prioritize their safety and well-being because, unequivocally, children are not for sale!
Below is the letter.
The recent termination of DNA family testing, implemented by the Biden Administration, is a distressing decision that puts innocent lives at risk and undermines our commitment to combating the heinous crimes of human trafficking and child exploitation. As a Supervisor of San Diego County, we must take swift, resolute action to reinstate DNA testing without delay.
The reports of individuals fraudulently claiming children as their own and subsequently separating them from their true guardians are harrowing and unacceptable. This inhumane practice must be brought to an immediate halt through the reinstatement of DNA testing.
The stark humanitarian crisis we face demands immediate and effective solutions. Cartels and coyotes exploit innocent children as pawns in their criminal enterprises, subjecting them to unthinkable horrors such as sexual abuse and trafficking. It is unconscionable that we would, in any way, curtail measures to protect these vulnerable individuals.
Mandatory DNA testing, accompanied by severe penalties for adults who resist compliance, is a rational and morally imperative step toward dismantling the vile practice of using children for criminal purposes.
Moreover, the unsettling prevalence of human trafficking in border communities, including the alarming statistics in San Diego, paints a dire picture of the consequences of inaction. We must confront this issue head-on. San Diego, among other border regions, has become a hotbed for human trafficking, with staggering numbers of victims forced into unimaginable suffering. Our collective duty is to protect these children from exploitation and to dismantle the structures that allow such crimes to thrive.
I call on you and the Federal government to prioritize the well-being and safety of children above all else. This issue transcends political boundaries, demanding our collective action and unwavering commitment. Do not ignore this call to action, for we will not relent until our borders are secure, our children protected, and our future brighter.
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond