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Why is CBP evading a mandate to collect illegal immigrant DNA?



There is a tool that will assist law enforcement agencies across the country to match crimes to illegal aliens who commit them. This tool is efficient, effective, and most importantly it’s mandated by law. But nine years after what was intended to be a 1-year delay, border patrol still isn’t collecting DNA samples from all apprehended illegal aliens. One whistleblower is asking why this is still the case.

Mark Jones, the internal whistleblower within the U.S. Border and Customs Protection, has been trying to draw attention to this problem for months. Last week, he was on with Laura Ingraham on Fox News to discuss the issue. The “exigent circumstances” that made the Department of Homeland Security the only law enforcement group to not implement mandatory DNA sampling was due to time. It took 15 minutes for the initial collection and processing. From there, it took 2-3 days for the sample to be cross-referenced against a crime database. But the Obama administration gave DHS a pass because they were overwhelmed.

Today, the problem is worse. Those exigent circumstances are greater now. But the need is also greater as thousands of illegal immigrants are released into the interior every day. We have a way to stop much of the flow of criminals, but we’re not using this tool. It’s just something that’s slipped through the cracks, but it can be fixed immediately. All acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan has to do is send a memo that the 1-year delay from a decade ago is no longer in effect. Problem solved.

President Trump should immediately order McAleenan to require all illegal immigrants to have their DNA samples collected and cross-referenced against crime databases before anyone is released to the interior. This is just common sense.

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