Category Archives: Immigration

CBP to Assess Collection of DNA Samples

U.S. Customs and Border Protection initiated Monday a limited, small-scale pilot program to assess the operational impact of proposed regulatory changes that would require the collection of DNA samples from certain individuals in CBP custody.
The pilot program will be limited to the following locations:

  • The U.S. Border Patrol will implement the pilot program in the Detroit Sector.
  • The Office of Field Operations will implement the pilot program at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in southwestern Texas.

US taking step to require DNA of asylum-seekers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said.

ICE starting 90-minute DNA tests on immigrant families at border

Federal immigration officers working on the U.S.-Mexico border will start “as early as next week” carrying out rapid DNA tests on immigrants in custody who claim to be related, a Department of Homeland Security official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday evening.

U.S. using DNA testing in effort to reunite families it separated

(Reuters) – The U.S. government, under court order to quickly reunify parents and children who were separated after crossing illegally into the United States from Mexico, has expanded its use of DNA tests to establish paternity in immigration matters.

Immigrant Advocates Turn Down DNA Tests

Genetic tests have helped an organization called DNA-Prokids reconnect more than 1,000 missing children with their families in Mexico, Nepal, Thailand and several other countries, including the kidnapping case in Guatemala City.
Jose Lorente, a professor of forensic medicine at the University of Granada in Spain, started the organization. Lorente said he was moved by the children he saw on the streets in cities around the world. Many were victims of trafficking and had parents who were looking for them.

Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.

More than 2,000 immigrant children—some just toddlers—have been separated from their families and are now strewn across shelters in at least 16 states. With no clear end to the crisis, some commercial DNA testing companies are offering to help.

Using DNA tests to reunite migrant families on the border raises privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO — Genetics testing companies are offering to help reunite families separated at the border, but it’s unclear how they would get DNA kits into the hands of migrants and the testing itself could carry hefty privacy risks for migrant families.

Immigrants hope DNA will guide them to lost loved ones

WASHINGTON — The relatives carried photographs, identification cards, anything that might help find the missing. Inside a red-brick church in the nation’s capital, in a small room near a sparkling Christmas tree, they opened their mouths so workers could scrape a sample of their DNA.
Three brothers, in black jackets and matching jeans, sought the fate of a sister who vanished in the Arizona desert two years ago. Housecleaner Olga Gonzalez, of Maryland, was searching for her daughter, Mirna, 31 years old when she disappeared in 2013.

DNA samples from immigrant families sought to help ID missing, dead relatives

A special team of immigration advocates, working in collaboration with forensic experts, will be in Manhattan later this month to get DNA samples from New York City area immigrant families whose relatives are missing and may have died crossing the deserts of the American southwest.

Forensics professor helps ID migrants

Latham and BakerINDIANAPOLIS — For University of Indianapolis professor Krista Latham, the field of forensics isn’t just science. It’s also human rights.
The anthropologist and four of her graduate students recently spent a week at a rural Texas cemetery, helping exhume the bodies of unidentified migrants buried there. Their efforts are the first step to name these anonymous individuals, who lost their identities and lives while trying to enter the United States.

Undocumented Immigrants: Orrin Hatch Wants Your DNA

HatchHatch has offered an amendment that would require most undocumented immigrants to submit a DNA sample along with other data when applying for legal status through

DNA: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

WellsHuffington Post Blog from Spencer Wells-I recently turned 44. As with all of one’s birthdays, a milestone like this is a chance to gaze backward and assess, as well as an opportunity to look to the future and imagine possibilities. As I do this, though, I’m cognizant of a friend who is being celebrated for turning 60 this year. She’s been in my life since before I was born, and she will be around long after I’ve faded into distant memory. But, in the way that humans do when we describe a feature in the natural world, we’ve assigned to her a birthday based on when we first recognized how special she was. I’m talking, of course, about deoxyribonucleic acid — DNA, our blueprint, the hardware/software combination that keeps us on the straight and narrow, controlling our development as we grow from fertilized egg to adult, as well as our biological evolution as a species.

Immigration officials struggle with identity management – and mismanagement

Immigration…Federal officials maintain they are trying to verify the identities of foreigners without compromising personal information. Fingerprints and iris scans are among the more reliable ID verification technologies. Portable DNA screening devices may be on the horizon. Officials say they take care to safeguard the databases that house the sensitive data collected…

DHS Collects DNA from Kids?

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) just released documents in response to one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is considering expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids that are younger..

Faces of Immigration: DNA test reunites family

Orange County Register
The day Hoang left Vietnam with her new Vietnamese-American fiancé, she knew it would take a while before she’d get the chance to petition for her 10-year-old son Dat Le to join her in the United States.
While she expected a long haul, she couldn’t foresee the harsh road ahead, which included doing a DNA test to prove that Dat Le was truly her son.