The administration of Trump is planning the expansion of the collection of DNA from migrants crossing the US border. The government of US plans to collect DNA Of All Undocumented Migrants who are detained after entering the country illegally, officials said on Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security said a plan is been put in place that will take samples for DNA testing from each of the undocumented migrants and it will be stored in a national database for criminal DNA profiles.
A DHS official spoke to a journalist on the ground of anonymity and said, that the new policy would give immigration and border control agents a broader picture of the migrant and detainee situation. It will be stored on the FBI’s CODIS DNA database and could also be used by others in law enforcement and beyond.
According to a DHS official, “the DNA does enhance our ability to further identify someone who has entered the country illegally. It will also assist other organizations in their identification ability.”
Officials said in fact they were required to take the DNA samples by rules about the handling of arrested and convicted people that were issued by the Justice Department in 2006 and 2010, but which is yet to be implemented. The program for collecting DNA was still being developed, and they did not have a date set for implementation, they said.
Civil rights groups could draw criticism from the collection and storing of the DNA of people simply detained and not tried or convicted of a crime.
The U.S. Border Patrol began performing “rapid DNA” tests earlier this year, on migrants who crosses the border as family units to ascertain whether the individuals were actually related and were not making fraudulent claims.
With the new program, we will be able to collect much more genetic information than that program, and it will be stored. A second official also said that collection of DNA is fundamentally different from rapid DNA. “This is a more-full scope DNA profile.”