The Trump administration wants to start DNA testing immigrants

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The Department of Homeland Security announced today it plans to begin DNA testing immigrants and entering their information into a criminal database. The proposed regulation could harm hundreds of thousands of people held at immigration detention centers around the country, as reported by The New York Times.

The administration is framing the plan as an expansion of a pilot program they ran this summer along the US-Mexico border. There, immigration officials used Rapid DNA technology, which processes DNA samples in about 90 minutes, on people suspected of posing as families in order to avoid long detention stays (children can’t be held for more than 20 days). This is particularly troubling as not all families are genetically related —…

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