DHS To Expand Collection Of DNA, Other Biometrics Of Immigrants

DHS To Expand Collection Of DNA, Other Biometrics Of Immigrants


The Trump administration proposed on Friday expanding the collection of DNA and other biometric data of immigrants.

Currently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) collects just fingerprints, photos and signatures of immigrants seeking U.S citizenship.

However, the new proposal would allow DHS to collect eye scans, voice prints, palm prints and even DNA in “limited circumstances.” DHS says the DNA would be used “to prove the existence of a claimed genetic relationship” and may be stored for future use.

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A fingerprint is enlarged for examination in the Latent Print Lab at the US Homeland Security Investigation Forensic Laboratory in Tyson Corner, Virginia on July 20, 2016. The 40,000-sq-foot laboratory is forensics, research, and training facility for the verification of travel and identity documents. / AFP / PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

A fingerprint is enlarged for examination in the Latent Print Lab at the US Homeland Security Investigation Forensic Laboratory in Tyson Corner, Virginia on July 20, 2016. (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

The proposal says the purpose of collecting these biometrics would be for identity, verification, national security interests and background

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