Watch CBSN Live

Dentists blast U.K. pol's idea to verify age of migrant kids

LONDON -- British dentists have rejected a lawmaker’s suggestion that young migrants should have their teeth tested to ensure they are really children.

A group of 14 young migrants arrived in London this week from a camp in France, to be reunited with relatives in Britain.

Officials say they were aged between 14 and 17, but Conservative legislator David Davies said they “don’t look like children.”

He said British people “want to help children but we don’t want to be taken for a free ride,” and said dental X-rays could be used to determine their age.

The British Dental Association said Wednesday that the method was inaccurate for assessing age, adding that “it is both inappropriate and unethical to take radiographs of people when there is no health benefit for them.”

View CBS News In