The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the start of a Pilot Program to collect DNA from certain individuals taken into their custody in two locations. The two locations selected for the 90-day Pilot Program are:
- The U.S. Border Patrol in the Detroit Sector
- The Office of Field Operations at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in southwestern Texas
*During the 90-day pilot program, CBP will collect DNA samples from certain individuals held at both locations. For the U.S. Border Patrol, this will include individuals between the ages of 14-79 who are apprehended and processed within the Detroit Sector. For the Office of Field Operations, this will include individuals who present at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry for consideration of admissibility and are subject to further detention or proceedings.
* CBP to Assess Collection of DNA Samples
For further details please review the CBP National Media Release, “CBP to Assess Collection of DNA Samples”.
Source of Information:
CBP (CBP.gov), 1/6/20, National Media Release:
CBP to Assess Collection of DNA Samples
Washington Times (washingtontimes.com), 1/7/20, News Article:
DHS announces pilot program to take DNA samples from people arrested at border