French immigration minister (yes, they have a cabinet level official in charge of immigration) Eric Besson proposes to use DNA tests to find out if applicants for family-related immigration really are the relatives they claim to be.
The tests will be for applications for visas of more than three months when there are doubts about an immigrant's birth or marriage certificates.
The move would allow officials to 'propose' to applicants that they take a test at their own expense to prove a biological link with other family members.
A recent report said there was often doubt over the authenticity of papers in family applications for visas.
It claimed that in African countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast and Togo up to 80 per cent of birth and marriage certificates were forged.
An even better solution: just stop letting in immigrants due to family relations. If immigrants want to live with family members around they can always return to where they came from.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2009 January 30 11:20 PM Immigration Law Enforcement|