US orders DNA tests to reunite children with migrant parents

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US officials have ordered DNA tests on ‘under 3,000’ detained children who remain separated from their migrant parents in an effort to reunite families at the centre of a border crisis. A top US official today said, the Department of Health and Human Services, HHS is doing DNA testing to confirm parentage accurately.

The secretary said that HHS knows the identity and location of every minor in the care of its grantees and that authorities are working to reunite children with their parents as expeditiously as possible. Mr Alex Azar told reporters that department is seeking to meet a court- imposed deadline of next Tuesday to reunite some 100 detained children under age five.

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