U.S. officials are finding an increasing number of fraudulent asylum claims in which foreigners are faking relationships with children to get admission to the U.S.
That's according to an article in the Daily Mail.
The article profiles the case of a 51-year old Honduran man who allegedly purchased a baby for $80 in Guatemala. He reportedly confessed to the scheme after entering the U.S. on May 7 when he learned U.S. immigration authorities would require him to undergo a DNA test to prove his relation to the six-month-old boy.
U.S. agents have flagged 5,500 fraudulent "families" in the past eight weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
Under current U.S. policy, illegal immigrants who enter with a child are typically not detained. As the word has gotten out, it has created a black market for children being stolen, purchased or rented for use to cross the border.
The typical going rate for foreign children used by illegal immigrants is said to be between $100 and $1000.
Read more in the Daily Mail by clicking the link below.