New Proposal Would Require Immigrants To Give DNA Samples At Border

Melissa Culross
October 21, 2019 - 4:47 pm
Central American migrants seek asylum in Texas

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(KCBS Radio) - Immigrants detained at the U.S. border could have their DNA taken and stored in a criminal database.

The Department of Justice introduced a draft proposal Monday to allow immigration officials to collect DNA samples from detained migrants and store the information in an FBI database.

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement that the proposal is lawful, could save lives and is intended to protect U.S. citizens.

“I understand that taking DNA samples can be very quick today with technology, but to me it’s just another one of these strategies to discourage people from coming,” said University of San Francisco law and migration professor Bill Hing, who calls the proposal overkill. 

Hing said that DNA samples are usually only taken from people who are arrested for crimes.

The collection would not apply to immigrants entering the country legally.

The rule will be open to public comment for 20 days.