News

U.S.

Genetic-Testing Firms Offer to Help Reunite Immigrant Families

Blood samples are processed at Biobank, near Manchester, northern England, in this March 18, 2010 file picture. (Phil Noble/Reuters)

At least two genetic-testing companies have offered to help reunite immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the southern border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration-enforcement policy.

MyHeritage has pledged to donate 5,000 free DNA-testing kits to illegal-immigrant children and parents who have lost track of each other, the company confirmed to National Review.

“In light of the humanitarian tragedy that has taken place, in which children have been separated from their parents, we have decided to rise to the challenge and take the lead in helping these families,” MyHeritage founder and CEO Gilad Japhet said. “We hope to use the power of DNA testing yet again to do good, and to reunite parents and children who might otherwise never see one another again.”

The project is part of MyHeritage’s DNA Quest program, which helps reunite adoptees with their biological families. The company has reached out to government agencies and non-governmental organizations to help get the kits into the hands of immigrant-family members looking for their loved ones.

The CEO of 23andMe also expressed a desire to help after the company received exhortations from customers asking them to contribute.

“Connecting and uniting families is core to the mission of 23andMe,” Anne Wojcicki wrote Thursday on Twitter. “We would welcome any opportunity to help.”

23andMe is still in the “early stages” of planning the initiative, according to a company representative.

Since April, over 2,300 children have been separated from their parents or guardians as a result of the Trump administration’s decision to prosecute all adults who cross the border illegally. In some cases, parents and children have lost track of each other, a problem a DNA test could help rectify.

Recent reports suggested Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be looking into using DNA kits to verify the relationships between immigrant children and their family members.

Most Popular

World

Ilhan Omar’s Big Lie

In a viral exchange at a congressional hearing last week, the new congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, who is quickly establishing herself as the most reprehensible member of the House Democratic freshman class despite stiff competition, launched into Elliott Abrams. She accused the former Reagan official ... Read More
U.S.

Questions for Those Who Believed Jussie Smollett

The “we reported the Jussie Smollett case responsibly” contention has been blasted to smithereens. Twitter accounts and headlines in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times reported as fact Jussie Smollett’s wildly implausible allegations, and many other journalists did so as ... Read More
PC Culture

Fake Newspeople

This week, the story of the Jussie Smollett hoax gripped the national media. The story, for those who missed it, went something like this: The Empire actor, who is both black and gay, stated that on a freezing January night in Chicago, in the middle of the polar vortex, he went to a local Subway store to buy a ... Read More