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        <h1 class="reader-title">US Gov't To Allow Systematic DNA
          Samples on Arrested Migrants</h1>
        Published 21 October 2019</div>
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              <p>The United States government released a plan Monday
                proposing to take systematic DNA samples from migrants
                detained by U.S. authorities, raising important privacy
                concerns especially for asylum-seekers and minor
                offenders whose genetic information would go into an FBI
                database.</p>
              <p>The rule proposes collecting DNA samples from any
                migrant "detained under the authority of the United
                States," which could include first-time border crossers
                whose offense is a misdemeanor.</p>
              <p>In addition, U.S. President Donald Trump has long
                linked his racist anti-migration policies to
                crime-fighting, even though multiple studies show
                migrants commit less crime than native-born people. 
                Trump's migration aide Stephen Miller has claimed
                that DNA collection could help detect fraud and solve
                cold criminal cases.</p>
              <p>Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union have
                raised privacy and civil liberties concerns, including
                that the samples can reveal information about relatives
                of the detained. The ACLU also said the rule changes the
                purpose of DNA collection from criminal investigation to
                surveillance of the population.</p>
              <p>"This proposed change in policy is extraordinary in its
                breadth and transparent with its xenophobic goals," the
                ACLU's senior advocacy and policy counsel Naureen
                Shah said in a statement.</p>
              <p>"It seeks to miscast these individuals, many of whom
                are seeking a better life or safety, as threats to the
                country's security. And it turns immigration detention,
                which is supposed to be civil and not punitive, into a
                proxy to strip these individuals of their privacy
                rights," Shah added.</p>
              <p>The rule would create exceptions for foreigners being
                processed for legal entry to the U.S., which could
                include asylum-seekers who apply at a legal port of
                entry but might not include those who cross the border
                without documented and apply for asylum upon being
                detained.</p>
              <p>So far, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
                was running the pilot program "Operation Double Helix,"
                officially supposed to determine family ties between
                children and parents in custody. However, the new
                program would obtain a "fuller scope" DNA profile of
                migrants, according to the Department of Homeland
                Security. </p>
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