Thursday, January 23, 2020
Daniel I. Morales, Natalie Ram and Jessica L. Roberts in the New York Times (DNA Collection at the Border Threatens the Privacy of All Americans) questions one of the Trump administration's latest border enforcement measures:
"What if the United States government took the DNA of vast numbers of Americans for use without their consent? The Trump administration has just brought us one step closer to that dystopia. On January 6, the federal government began collecting DNA from any person in immigration custody — previously, it had required only fingerprints. With this move, the federal government took a decisive step toward collecting and tracking large numbers of its citizens’ genetic information too."