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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday October 03 2019, @11:42AM   Printer-friendly
from the gotta-watch-the-watchers dept.

U.S. to Collect DNA of All Undocumented Migrants:

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.

[...] 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.

Collecting and storing the DNA of people simply detained and not tried or convicted of a crime has drawn criticism from civil rights advocates.

"Forced DNA collection raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns and lacks justification, especially when DHS is already using less intrusive identification methods like fingerprinting," Vera Eidelman, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said in a statement.

"This kind of mass collection also alters the purpose of DNA collection from one of criminal investigation to population surveillance, which is contrary to our basic notions of freedom and autonomy," Eidelman said.

If it becomes okay to do this to "them", how long will it take before they want to do it to "us"?

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  • (Score: 0, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @03:06PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @03:06PM (#902295)

    Who the hell supports *illegal* immigration anyhow?

    Do-gooders, those purely naive and those with virtue signaling and tribal partisan motives.

    Just.. why are US political topics so *weird*, so *bizarre*?!

    Because political discourse here has no basis in intelligence. It is based on feelz, points per zinger delivered on Twatter, most convincing umbrage portrayed, broadcast by biased media as "news" or "journalism", when it is either entertainment or a political hit piece for the owners.
    In this circus, your right to be heard is based on your identity. If you are part of whatever odd combination of (unchangable) traits, you are a "victim" and can have a voice. If you are just a normal person doing your job, you are an oppressor and can just STFU. Elections are still real, so the two parties will try to eliminate choice beforehand.

    The dirty secret of course is that both parties encouraged illegal immigration. Before Trump, the politicians would throw a bone every so often to the people concerned about illegals taking their job (then fail to implement it). But Trump is a president who couldn't care less about party politics. He'll give teeth for example to a law passed by Saint Obama, he'll get excoriated in the media, but he just doesn't care.

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