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.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of the most controversial sects of government in the United States.
From widespread raids targeting longtime residents to extended detainment of American citizens to using a fake university to lure immigrant students on education visas, the organization routinely faces criticism for its human rights abuses.
It turns out President Donald Trump isn't the only one willing to create a fake university in order to hurt people seeking their education.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) worked with an accreditation service in creating a fake university during the late years of the Obama administration to lure immigrants legally residing in the U.S. on student visas.. It was staffed with undercover immigration officials posing as university faculty.
ICE Faces Backlash For Saying the 'Prevention of Another 9/11' Is the Reason Their Employees 'Go to Work Each Day'
September 11 since 2001 has become a day of reflection for many individuals and organizations. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was no exception.
Like many federal agencies, they took the opportunity to commemorate 9/11. But unlike others—many who actually participated in threat mitigation and recovery efforts after the attack—ICE decided to herald their own accomplishments rather than make a statement about those who died or those who stepped up.
It's been years since then-presidential candidate Donald Trump faced off against former Secretary of State and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in three debates ahead of the 2016 election.
The United States is now nearly three years into Donald Trump's presidency and it turns out that at least one of Secretary Clinton's warnings about the now-president came true: His inhumane efforts to collect and deport undocumented immigrants.
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."