Trump Administration Launches Program to Collect DNA Samples From People Detained at the Border to Send to the FBI
President Donald Trump's administration launched a pilot program on Monday that would allow the government to collect DNA from people held in immigration custody. That DNA would then be sent to a criminal database within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, asylum seekers, and those apprehended at the border would all be subject to sampling and refusal would be grounds for a misdemeanor charge. Children as young as 14 would be subject to DNA collection.
The administration cites the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005, which allows for DNA collection from anyone "arrested or detained" by the U.S. government. That Republican-sponsored bill removed provisions from the DNA Identification Act of 1994 that protected those not charged with a crime from mandatory DNA testing.
Border Agents Took an 18 Year-Old U.S. Citizen Into Custody Almost a Month Ago, He's Now Being Held By ICE
On June 27, brothers Marlon Galicia and Francisco Erwin Galicia were stopped at a checkpoint in Texas. Marlon Galicia, from Mexico, was in the country illegally and subsequently deported. Francisco Galicia, a United States citizen, was born in Dallas.
Mike Pence Claimed Customs and Border Patrol Provides 'Humane and Compassionate Care' to Migrants, Horrific Photos Say Otherwise
As concerns mount over the inhumane conditions of migrant detention centers across the nation, Vice President Mike Pence visited two border facilities in McAllen, Texas on Friday.
The Vice President soon tweeted about the Donna Processing Center, a two month old tent facility, praising the center's "humane and compassionate care."
Tomi Lahren Just Tried to Come For AOC After She Exposed the Conditions at a Migrant Detention Center, and It Did Not Go Well
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) visited two migrant detention centers near the Texas border with other members of Congress this week.
Since touring the facilities, Ocasio-Cortez and others in her group have been vocal about the squalid conditions, with harrowing descriptions of overcrowded cells, abusive guards, and detainees told to drink from toilets.