One Gay Couples Battle to Keep Their Twin Sons American

When Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks won their lawsuit against the State Department in February, they thought that the yearlong legal battle over their Canadian-born sons American citizenship was finally over. This is over, this is behind us, Andrew Dvash-Banks, a U.S. citizen who was born in California, recalled thinking when U.S. District Judge John F. Walter appeal the federal judges ruling has drawn national attention to a little-known policy that the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law that forbade the U.S. government from recognizing same-sex marriages. We were discriminated against when we wanted to live here, and we are continuing to be discriminated against today. The law, which barred U.S. citizens from sponsoring visas for foreign-born same-sex spouses, was …

How DNA Testing at the US-Mexico Border Will Actually Work

Starting as soon as next week, the Department of Homeland Security will begin piloting a DNA testing program at the US-Mexico border intended to expose immigrants suspected of posing as families. CNN first reported the initiative, which WIRED has confirmed will be conducted jointly by Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement at two undisclosed locations over the course of several days. It will employ a new form of genetic testing, known as Rapid DNA technology, that makes it possible to process a DNA sample and produce results in about 90 minutes. In recent months, a huge surge in unauthorized border crossings, especially by families, has put mounting pressure on the US government to accommodate and contain the …