No Funding for Blanket DNA Testing Of Detained Immigrants

Even as it is besieged by scandal, the Trump Administration is continuing to persecute immigrants. We learned yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security plans to start collecting DNA samples of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in large detention centers, and add them to an FBI database that is normally reserved for serious criminals. They will even force samples from children and legal asylum seekers.

Here is Vera Eidelman, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, on the threat to human rights:

"That kind of mass collection alters the purpose of DNA collection from one of criminal investigation basically to population surveillance, which is basically contrary to our basic notions of a free, trusting, autonomous society."

Tell your representatives to condemn this policy and to refuse to fund it in budget and funding negotiations.

Call your Representative:

Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040

Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180

Call both Senators:

Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545

Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is [NAME], and I am calling from [CITY]. Please condemn the Trump administration's new plan to take DNA samples from detained immigrants and add them to the FBI criminal database. This is an unacceptable violation of human rights and privacy rights. I expect [SENATOR/REP] to refuse to fund these kinds of practices in upcoming budget and funding negotiations."

Background:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/dna-testing-immigrants.html