Forced DNA collection could soon become reality in immigrant detention centers.

The Trump administration has outlined plans to forcibly take DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people living in detention centers without their consent. These plans, if implemented, would threaten the privacy rights and civil liberties of immigrants. They would treat immigrants as threats to our security instead of as people seeking a better life. And they would set a dangerous precedent for the future, enabling mass government surveillance.

It’s up to us to stop these dangerous plans.

Throughout history, the government has often tried to normalize new surveillance technologies by testing them on vulnerable communities and imposing initial restrictions on how any information collected will be used. The government inevitably expands those technologies beyond their original purposes. That’s why DOJ’s new rule could have wide repercussions for everyone in this country — not only those in immigrant detention sites.

The administration has already proposed an expanded “public charge” rule that would restrict the ability of immigrants to permanently settle in the country if they’re deemed likely to need certain forms of public assistance, which could include healthcare. What if, in the future, the government were to use the genetic information it collects to make these determinations? Or imagine a world in which the government tracked our every movement using the DNA we can’t help but leave behind on every cup or tissue we use. Local police are already tracking protesters by swabbing cigarette butts left behind at protest sites and allowing the collection of DNA from more people only increases the potential for such tracking.


  1. Here in Memphis, TN the state prisons have been doing it for years and they make that person pay for it, even if they are indigent. Refusal or nonpayment resulted in a security level increase and thrown in the “hole” until they decided to let you out which would in turn take away your good behavior credits, disqualify you for certain programs and benefits, and disqualify you for work. This almost caused a prison-wide riot when first introduced at the Shelby County Corrections Center, or Penal Farm.

    Two states (California and Wisconsin) outlawed forced DNA collection because it violated the 1st and 4th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. HUnfortunately the 9th Circuit and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) overruled that. Within those two decisions, one 9th District judge dissented (disagreed) and 4 of the Supreme Court Justices also dissented. We need to read these dissenting opinions and look back at the history of the government treading on our Constitutional Rights “for the safety of the community.”

    How many innocent people have been harassed, threatened, embarrassed, humiliated, physically assaulted, arrested, and even sentenced to prison for a crime they did not do or an action that was not criminal in nature? The Patriot Act is a prime example of this. Watch Enemy of the State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. That really happens-and has been happening for decades-and Bush made it all legal with the Patriot Act. It opened the door to allow the government to strip away our civil, international, and Constitutional rights and it has gone downhill since. Read the article “What The Supreme Court Hasn’t Told You About DNA Databases” located at It will open your eyes to a lot.

    Where does this start or even end? How much power is too much?

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  2. This is from a friend that is a retired paralegal.

    First of all DNA testing is not 100 and accurate if they say there is a 98% probability of a DNA match it is actually somewhere around 60% because they don’t check all strands of the DNA only specific one. That’s far as I’m concerned DNA should not be used exclusively to show that somebody was involved in a crime the only thing that DNA is good for is to show that somebody did not commit a crime. I personally feel that DNA collection from anyone that is For any length of time should be illegal. it’s one thing to collect DNA from a suspect in a crime and the data later deleted it is another thing to have a broad database of everyone’s DNA.

    As for people coming across the border trump has messed with the system in such a way that people attempting to come across to the ports of entry and claim asylum have been denied access to the requirements that have been put into place recently have made it almost impossible for someone coming through the port of entry to claim asylum.

    But our laws are set up in such a way that once a person has set foot on American soil they can immediately claim asylum this is not just true in this country this is true in every country and since trump and his administration has chosen to block the normal path through the ports of entry for people seeking asylum they do still have a legal right to cross over the border and claim asylum anywhere once they are inside the United States.

    As far as taking children away from family members I would remind you all of their our Lady prisoners who are allowed to keep their babies with them in prison and the other point is just because we are not allowed to keep our children while we’re prison we are allowed to have them visit us I for one would not want any of my children within the prison system with me

    Some countries actually allow families to to stay together within the prison system lead Chile is one of those.


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