Priti Patel threatens x-ray – Adewale Sobowale

The British Home Secretary, Priti Sushil Patel, has threatened to use x-ray in determining some migrants’ real ages.

She also promised to impose visa penalties on countries that refuse to cooperate with the British government in the deportations of their own citizens.

Under a new ‘nationality and borders’ bill, the government will be able to use ‘scientifically verifiable’ methods of bone measurements or take DNA samples to check the real ages of people who are seeking to live in the UK.

Officials are hoping to take X-rays of forearm bones, which are said to be the most accurate method of estimating the maturity of s child’s skeletal system.

The use of a method called DNA methylation is also being considered by the British government to estimate the age of asylum claimants.

The Home Office believes most asylum seekers who say they are children are actually adults.

Under a plethora of amendments, the Home Secretary could impose powers to suspend visas entirely, impose a £190 surcharge to go to Britain, or increase visa processing times for countries that refuse to take back their own citizens.

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