Trump officials propose collecting DNA from citizens sponsoring immigrants

The Trump administration on Friday issued a proposal to expand its DNA and other biometric data collection of immigrants to include citizens sponsoring them. 

In a document published on the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed that “any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary, or individual filing or associated with an immigration benefit or request, including United States citizens, must appear for biometrics collection without regard to age unless DHS waives or exempts the biometrics requirement.”

The agency also proposed the expansion of the term “biometrics” to include “iris image, palm print, and voice print.”

The plan was first announced by DHS on Sept. 2 when an agency official told CNN that the move would greatly increase the capacity of the department to collect and store information on migrants and verify family relationships during the immigration process. 

Source: The Hill

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