US to col­lect DNA of all un­doc­u­mented mi­grants

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

WASHINGTON (AFP) — The U.S. gov­ern­ment plans to col­lect the DNA of all mi­grants de­tained af­ter en­ter­ing the coun­try il­le­gally, of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day.

The De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity (DHS) is de­vel­op­ing a plan to take DNA sam­ples from each of the un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants and store it in a na­tional data­base for crim­i­nal DNA pro­files, they said.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists on grounds of anonymity, DHS of­fi­cials said the new pol­icy would give im­mi­gra­tion and bor­der con­trol agents a broader pic­ture of the mi­grant and de­tainee sit­u­a­tion.

And stored on the FBI’s CODIS DNA data­base, it could also be used by oth­ers in law en­force­ment and be­yond.

“It does en­hance our abil­ity to fur­ther iden­tify some­one who has il­le­gally en­tered the coun­try,” said one of­fi­cial.

“It will as­sist other or­ga­ni­za­tions as well in their iden­ti­fi­ca­tion abil­ity.”

Of­fi­cials said they were in fact 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 had not been im­ple­mented.

They said the pro­gram for col­lect­ing DNA was still be­ing de­vel­oped, and they did not have a date set for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

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