Legislation aims to help identify remains of missing migrants and add rescue resources


SAN ANTONIO -- Legislation known as 'Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2018' has been introduced by Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Will Hurd (TX-23) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX).

The bill aims to help identify remains of missing migrants and add more rescue resources to South Texas.

“Until we address the root causes of mass migration flows from Central America, individuals will continue to make the perilous journey north,” said Congressman Hurd. “This bipartisan bill helps prevent tragic deaths along the border by expanding CBP’s rescue and apprehension capabilities."

Counties along the border are discovering hundreds of remains or bodies of migrants every year.

"They need to look at something better than what's occurring right now because they are all coming in masses and we don't know who's who," said Brooks County Sheriff Benny Martinez.

This bill will enhance reporting and recording of information on missing migrants and unidentified remains into the National and Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

The legislation will also allow grant money to help pay for costs associated with forensic examinations, autopsies, DNA testing and other practices in the identification process.

“Our border communities have experienced the very real consequences of the treacherous journey traveled by many seeking to come to this country,” said Senator John Cornyn.

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