Your every move is tracked when you travel. There are cameras all over airports and even biometric boarding is spreading. Of course your moves are tracked all the time. I originally made peace with signing up for Global Entry knowing that the government was collecting all cell phone geolocation data anyway, and this was pre-Snowden.
But now your DNA will become a precondition for international travel, at the discretion of Customs and Border Protection. That’s because the U.S. government has started a pilot program to collect DNA from people taken into CBP custody, with plans to roll the program out nationwide.
Once collected, DNA samples “will “go into a massive criminal database run by the FBI, where it would be held indefinitely.”
- The program doesn’t just apply to foreigners. It includes U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as long as they’re at least believed to be 14 years old.
- Refusal to submit to DNA testing “could lead to a misdemeanour criminal charge” according to the government memo outlining the program.
- This won’t even help identify people attempting to cross the border, since the plan is to mail the tests to the FBI” and “[b]y the time the results are processed, the memo said, the people in question may have already been released, deported or transferred to another federal agency.”
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This will allow the government to build a DNA database of anyone is chooses that re-enters the country. While a government memo stipulates that DNA tests will only be done on those who are placed into detention (at this point), the government has broad latitude for detention at the border and has mistakenly detained Americans entitled to enter the U.S.
The 30 day test will begin Monday, January 13 at the Canadian border near Detroit and on the Mexican border at Eagle Pass, Texas. There will also be an Immigration and Customs Enforcement jail designated for pilot testing. While border patrol agents “are not currently trained on DNA collection measures, health and safety precautions, or the appropriate handling of DNA samples for processing” the Department of Homeland Security promises that the FBI “will provide a training video.”