Justice Department May Begin Collecting Migrant's DNA
Justice Department May Begin Collecting Migrant's DNA.
A new proposed Justice Department rule would require border agents to collect a cheek swab from those attempting to enter the U.S. legally and illegally.
The DNA collected from migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border would be used against a national criminal database.
The DNA database is overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Civil rights groups say the proposed move by the Trump administration "raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns and lacks justification.".
The American Civil Liberties Union points out the the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) already uses "less intrusive" methods like fingerprinting.
The DHS has already set up a task force to consider the massive logistics of collecting DNA from hundreds of thousands of migrants.
ICE officials have already began collecting migrant's DNA in an effort to prove whether adults attempting to enter the U.S. with children were actually related