Ottawa Citizen

DNA tests sought for im­mi­grant chil­dren

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Spain plans to take DNA sam­ples from il­le­gal im­mi­grant chil­dren ar­riv­ing in the coun­try’s North African en­clave of Melilla to make sure the adults ac­com­pa­ny­ing them are their par­ents. Au­thor­i­ties sus­pect many North African im­mi­grants seek­ing Span­ish res­i­dency claim chil­dren are theirs be­cause fam­i­lies have a bet­ter chance of success and they live in bet­ter con­di­tions while wait­ing. Of­fi­cials are wait­ing for ju­di­cial ap­proval be­fore en­act­ing the DNA test­ing plan.

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