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Immigrants may be subject to DNA testing

Indiana residents may know that the Trump administration has tried to implement many policies aimed at changing how people enter the United States. Individuals who are trying to cross the Mexican border into the United States may have to submit to DNA testing as part of the immigration process. The process is being implemented on a pilot basis at two or three different towns along the border. It is intended to confirm claims made by individuals claiming to be part of a family.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, children are being used by traffickers in an effort to get into the country. In many cases, entire families are released after 20 days when children must be released from custody. DHS officials say that there was a 315% increase in cases involving fake family units between October 2017 and February 2018. A representative from Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that test results would not be kept on file.

Furthermore, the representative said that the program was solely aimed at determining whether the process worked. Individuals who are part of the Rapid DNA pilot must submit to a cheek swab, and a result can usually be obtained within 90 minutes. The participants swab their own cheeks as well as those of their children in front of a trained professional.

Those who are seeking to obtain or retain their legal status in the United States may want to consider seeking the advice of an attorney. Legal professionals may help an individual better understand their rights as an immigrant. For instance, a person may learn more about any obligation to provide DNA samples or other information to the government. In most cases, immigrants have the same due process rights that citizens have.