On Monday 21 October, President Donald Trump proposed to collect DNA samples from asylum seekers being detained by United State officials.
The new rule of collecting DNA samples from immigrants by Donald Trump’s administration would restrict legal and illegal immigration. It will also suppose to help to solve cold criminal cases and reveal fraud.
As per the Trump administration, collecting DNA from undocumented immigrants would help border officials in better assessing the immigrants who come into the country without legal permission.
However, the decision would face anger from civil liberties supporters and asylum seeker supporters who believe that the administration must not draw sensitive personal information from immigrants without being tied to any illegal act.
When Department of Homeland Security authorities presented a detailed overview of the initiative in early October, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement that “DNA collection raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns and lacks justification, especially when DHS is already using less intrusive identification methods like fingerprinting.”
Naureen Shah, the senior advocacy & policy counsel on immigrants’ rights at ACLU, said in a statement “This proposed change in policy is extraordinary in its breadth and transparent with its xenophobic goals.”
She criticized Trump’s administration in her tweet:
“Trump administration wants to forcibly take DNA information from hundreds of thousands of people who go through immigration detention every year. Their logic is twisted. The effect is to further dehumanize people who are no different from you and me.”
She also said that “They won’t give you a lawyer, but they’ll take your DNA.”
The U.S. Department of Justice has told that the proposed rule will be officially published on Tuesday and there will be 20 days for the public to provide comments.
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