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U.S. Border Officers Collecting DNA from All Asylum Seekers

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 2021-06-08
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This summary was featured in Documented’s Early Arrival newsletter. You can subscribe to receive it in your inbox three times per week here. David was one of many asylum seekers who were asked for DNA samples before entering the U.S. A Customs and Border Protection officer asked him to rub a swab on the inside of his cheeks and he ended up waiting for three hours, not knowing where that information was going. According to U.S. immigration authorities, this practice has been required since the end of last year. Advocates contend they’ve only heard of this happening recently and say it could affect the most vulnerable asylum seekers. BuzzFeed News.

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