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DNA Collection At The Border And Beyond?

Will a new twist on an old law expand rules to collect the DNA of hundreds of thousands of people?


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Why Now?

  • Over the last year, 800,000+ people were apprehended at the U.S. southern border ~ the highest number in more than a decade.
  • Deputy AG Jeff Rosen said the aim of DNA collection is reducing “victimization of innocent citizens.”
  • Gov’t says DNA collection is a deterrent and a tool in crime fighting.
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“Make no mistake about it: As an entirely predictable consequence of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national DNA database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”

Late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dissenting in a 5-4 decision that affirmed after arrest (but pre-conviction) DNA collection does not violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures.
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