Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Trump Administration to Gather DNA Data on Detained Migrants

  • DNA samples would be gathered in a massive FBI database
  • Rights groups warn that policy could set a dangerous precedent
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
Updated on

The Trump administration has moved a step closer to requiring the collection of DNA samples from many of the undocumented immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities, a dramatic expansion of enforcement powers that civil rights groups say could be abused.

Under a new rule announced Friday, the Department of Homeland Security can collect DNA samples from non-U.S. citizens who are being detained for criminal offenses in federal facilities. The samples would be put into a massive database operated by the FBI that federal, state and local authorities use to identify and locate violent criminals who are in the country illegally.