The U.S. House has passed a bill that aims to improve the ability to identify migrants who have perished while making their trek across the border and through South Texas. The legislation co-written by McAllen Congressman Vicente Gonzalez provides relief to local law enforcement agencies which don’t have adequate resources to report and record the remains of too many migrants found on ranchlands or in bodies of water.
The bill allows local and state governments, nonprofit organizations, and others to apply for grants to cover the costs of identifying and processing migrant remains.
The funding can be used specifically for hiring DNA technicians and forensic specialists, and for purchasing state-of-the-art forensic and analytical equipment. The bipartisan House measure is the companion to the John Cornyn-Kamala Harris bill that passed in the Senate last month. It’s now up to the president to sign it into law.