AUSTIN, Texas – “I’m thinking to myself: Horror. Horror. Horror”
That was how Monica Maple, a retired assistant special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations, described her feelings to me about when she learned last year that President Joe Biden’s government merely pared back a rapid DNA testing program at the southern border that had ended an abusive form of child trafficking.
She must be suffering Apocalypse Now nightmares since Biden’s DHS on May 31 quietly delivered the coup-de-grâce on the rapid DNA testing program. I’d interviewed Maple for my book, Overrun: How Joe Biden Unleashed the greatest border crisis in U.S. history, because she led the government’s investigative response in 2019 to a massive outbreak of immigrant family border crossings within which too many adult strangers faked parenthood and paid for the kids of others to accompany them over the border.
Then, just as now, kids had became monetized golden tickets into America thanks to the so-called Flores Settlement, a legal loophole requiring release of families from detention in under 21 days. In rampant fashion, unscrupulous smugglers and parents learned they could parcel out extra siblings to the highest childless bidders.
Often enough, reunification didn’t happen right away, if at all, exposing the children to kidnapping, neglect, abuse, sexual exploitation, or abandonment in cornfields until the real parent reclaimed them in some U.S. city weeks or months later.