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DHS seeks to collect DNA from sponsoring citizens

On Behalf of | Sep 25, 2020 | Helping Individuals And Families Achieve Their Goals Through Compassion, Dedication And Skill

People in North Carolina know that immigration has been a sensitive issue in recent years. In September, the Trump Administration and the Department of Homeland Security announced plans that might make it more difficult for recent immigrants to bring their family members to the United States.

DNA testing and biometric markers

Starting in 2019, the Department of Homeland Security began taking DNA samples from migrants being held in detention. DHS also takes several biometric measurements from these people. This can include capturing an image of the iris, taking a palm print and even getting a voice print.

A recent announcement proposes extending these identification practices to sponsoring citizens, too. One reason for this is reportedly the anxiety around fraud. Officials are worried about undocumented immigrants stealing identities from Americans, including their Social Security numbers, or using the identity of a friend or relative from back home.

The Trump Administration and DHS want to make sure that migrants are who they say they are. Officials also want to confirm the familial relationships between sponsors and family members where possible because there are fears that criminals could sneak into the United States by lying about their identities.

The opposing view

On the other hand, civil rights advocates like the ACLU see this proposal as overreaching. They worry that DNA and biometric information will be used to spy on law-abiding new citizens. As immigration law continues to evolve in the United States, it’s important for people to keep up with new developments. One way to do this is to make contact with an experienced immigration lawyer.