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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: 3, Interesting) by dry on Friday October 04 2019, @01:58AM (4 children)

    by dry (223) on Friday October 04 2019, @01:58AM (#902522) Journal

    Our greens are only slightly more expensive and we fly Central Americans in, pay them $15 an hour, house them, and fly them home after harvest.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @08:08PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 04 2019, @08:08PM (#902770)

    Do you know if this common in the industry, or are you an outlier? Can you recommend any brands to buy from or avoid for people who want to avoid supporting exploitative businesses?

    • (Score: 2) by dry on Saturday October 05 2019, @01:53AM

      by dry (223) on Saturday October 05 2019, @01:53AM (#902901) Journal

      This is BC. Seems quite common for farms who can't get Canadians to do the labour

  • (Score: 2) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday October 06 2019, @04:17AM (1 child)

    by The Mighty Buzzard (18) Subscriber Badge <> on Sunday October 06 2019, @04:17AM (#903293) Homepage Journal

    If by slightly you mean several times the current price, you are correct. If you mean anything else, you are an idiot.

    My rights don't end where your fear begins.
    • (Score: 2) by dry on Sunday October 06 2019, @04:47AM

      by dry (223) on Sunday October 06 2019, @04:47AM (#903299) Journal

      It competes with foreign greens in a free market and much of our produce (mostly red or blue) is a major export, partially due to its competitive price, quality is good when the workers are happy or at least satisfied.