Illegal immigrants and DNA…



Now we are getting somewhere! Even the most egregious and law-breaking special interest groups are in an uproar over this issue soon to be legislated upon. So we at American Age ask you, What do you think of collecting DNA samples from those who enter out country illegally?

The federal government could add DNA from tens of thousands of immigration violators, captives in the war on terrorism and others accused but not convicted of federal offenses to the FBI’s crime-fighting database under a plan being finalized by the Justice Department.

Erik Ablin, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed the plan, which hasn’t been publicly disclosed, and said details are expected to be completed soon. Well here’s some news: this is not a new issue for American Age or the Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII).

Proponents of the plan, including U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, say taking DNA from federal detainees would solve many crimes committed by illegal immigrants and make it easier to identify and track potential terrorists.

Now hear this! Now hear this! As for American Age and it’s posturing we believe that one of the worst offenders of those special interest groups is in fact, the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU may or may not be considered a stereotypical ‘special’ interest group; however, we are of the opinion that this organization does more harm in defending or otherwise assisting the interest groups beyond their authority and moral justice. (Read on from USA Today.)

Opponents, such as Caroline Fredrickson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington office, say such mass seizures of DNA violate privacy and do little to improve law enforcement.

Fredrickson says the law that defines federal detainees is so broad that it could apply to hikers stopped by park rangers or airline passengers selected for screening. Authorization for taking the DNA was included in a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act that President Bush signed last year.

Law enforcement authorities say illegal immigrants commit crimes out of proportion to their numbers. A Justice Department study of 100 illegal immigrants arrested and released by local authorities in 2004 found that 73 were later rearrested. “To me, it’s a no-brainer,” Arpaio says. “Regardless of how you feel (about illegal immigration), nobody wants criminals to get a free pass to come in here.” Fredrickson says collecting DNA from anyone detained by a federal officer would clog the system to “where it becomes useless.”

 Moral of this story: With a 73% rate of illegal aliens being rearrested says a whole lot.It’s interesting that the opponents of the future legislation go everywhere from ‘Violence Against Women’ to a database “…becomes useless.”

That is of course if those in Washington D.C. decide to mix these databases to Hades and back. However, a dedicated database for just these types of offenders (remember, they’ve already broken the law!) would be easily manageable.



2 Responses

  1. Hiya Alex Great,

    Thanks again for your well-written responses! I share much the same sentiments as you do, however, I believe we are both going to be a little disappointed in this one.

    Our simple feelings are that if a person has already broken the law by being in the country illegally well, anyone incarcerated subjects themselves to at the very least a blood sample. Mind you this is done under the guise of “HIV” testing and type and cross matching.

    Otherwise most don’t know that a simple DNA test puts them straight into the database. I personally don’t have any difficulty with the program whatsoever.

    Being in the business of Education one submits to finger-printing and physical exams normally before each school year regardless of what or who is being taught….Primary school to university.

    Yet, I still believe the ACLU is going to put a sh*t storm of pressure on this one. Cheers and thanx again!


  2. Sure i don’t see anything wrong with collecting DNA data. and no law abiding citizen should see any problem with that I would deem suspicious anyone who opposes the collection of such data. I have been fingerprinted ages for my casino license so the authorities can make sure I haven’t touched the wrong stuff 🙂 and I am proud of it. I’ll gladly submit a DNA sample too. I haven’t done anything wrong and don’t intend to and the people who are there to protect me are welcome to to collect any info they deem necessary because if I don’t trust them I have no choice but to live a savage life in the jungle fending for myself.

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