IMMIGRANTS HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY TOO

Reason magazine|June 2020

IMMIGRANTS HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY TOO
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has started forcibly collecting DNA samples from immigrants in detention and sending that information to an FBI criminal database called the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) for permanent storage.
SHIKHA DALMIA

Officials say this is a crime-fighting move. In reality, it is mass surveillance.

In 2005, Congress passed the DNA Fingerprint Act, requiring genetic testing of anyone arrested for a federal crime, regardless of whether they’re eventually charged and convicted. The Supreme Court approved this gross invasion of individual privacy in Maryland v. King (2013), ruling 5–4 that the law did not violate constitutional protections against illegal searches and seizures because the original arrest had required probable cause.

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