US to collect DNA of all undocumented migrants

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FILE: A US Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) agent walks past a Border Patrol vehicle during an operative to find illegal migrants at the International Bridge Paso del Norte-Santa Fe in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico on 1 July 2019. Picture: AFP.

WASHINGTON – The US government plans to collect the DNA of all migrants detained after entering the country illegally, officials said on Wednesday.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.

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