DNA Testing for Syrian Refugees?

Senator Ron Johnson has proposed DNA testing as a means of preventing terrorists from entering the country when the United States grants 100,000 Syrian refugees asylum.
Nina Fenton
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United States Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin presented what he thinks is a viable solution to aiding the many Syrian refugees who are seeking asylum in the states. Johnson feels that conducting DNA testing on all refugees entering the country is a viable option and will help the situation as a whole.

During a hearing with Homeland Security and the Government Affairs Committee last week, Johnson said, “If we set as a number one criteria, family members, we can do DNA testing. That would certainly be, I think, helpful.”

The introduction of his idea came about as committee members discussed the potential for terrorist entering the country when the United States admits up to 100,000 refugees by 2017. Understandably, there is quite a bit of concern surrounding the potential for increased terrorism domestically as ISIS continues to grow in power in Syria. However, it remains to be seen how much a legal DNA test will impede any terrorists from coming into the country…unless there’s a special terrorism DNA marker that we are unaware of.

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Syrians are fleeing their homeland in unprecedented numbers as a result of a devastating civil war that has been waging since March of 2011. The fighting parties consist of the Syrian Army, extremist groups, moderate opposition factions and Nusta Front.

The effects of the civil war in Syria are being felt far and wide as a staggering 250,000 people have already lost their lives and well over 11 million people have been uprooted from their homes and the lives they’ve always known.

As a result, an estimated 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland in the hopes of finding safety and asylum in other nearby countries. However, the countries willing to accommodate refugees are quickly meeting the capacity they’ve previously set. Thus causing many refugees to remain displaced, without a country and even forced to return to war torn Syria as a last resort.

There are DNA testing options available to those who wish to establish a genetic relationship with someone, whether they are in this country or not, as well as those seeking asylum if requested by the INS. Contact one of Health Street’s DNA Testing Locations Nationwide for a DNA test, such as one of the following relationship tests:

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