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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: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @03:30PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 03 2019, @03:30PM (#902310)

    Who the hell supports *illegal* immigration anyhow?

    Eat out? There you go. You do.
    Don't eat out? Where do you get your food from? There you go. You do.

    Ever stay at any hotels/motels/etc.? There you go. You do.
    Done business anyplace that used a janitorial service? There you go. You do.
    Ridden in taxicabs? There you go. You do.
    Buy your Made in USA products? There you go. You do.

    "Wait! I know my last taxi I rode in [janitor who cleaned the floor] [hotel maid] wasn't an illegal immigrant!"
    You're still complicit in the system that wants the lowest price for something. The lowest price comes in part by finding ways to exploit the people who give you that product or service.

    Your red herring aside, it isn't a matter of supporting illegal immigration. It's a question of that when there are illegal immigrants in the country do we not want them as taxpayers, and do they deserve the same basic human rights we would give to everyone, everywhere, anytime? Or should they be turned away from food banks, education, and hospital emergency departments?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @01:56AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @01:56AM (#902520)

    You are saying we should give up completely on controlling who enters and lives in our country.
    Just admit it.