Why is the Trump administration collecting biometric data from migrants?

A mother and her son are given arm bands after turning themselves into U.S. Border Patrol agents to claim asylum after crossing the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas on March 19, 2019.Paul Ratje / AFP – Getty Images file

The Department of Homeland Security has moved up its compilation of biometric information from migrant family members to entail a DNA assessment pilot program and the fingerprinting of young children under the age of 14.

The Trump administration has stated gathering such information is a component of an undertaking to crackdown on child trafficking and migrants appearing as “fake families” at the U.S. boundary. They mentioned that there is a rise of Central American asylum-seekers. And yet immigration and civil rights advocates claimed there are improve methods to shield young children from trafficking and heightened issues regarding authorization and the federal government’s managing of this type of hypersensitive information.

The Trump administration has continually mentioned it is witnessing an rise in instances of counterfeit family members. But advocates challenged precisely how numerous are these cases so-called “fake families” which stemmed from young children who happened to be trafficked as opposed to instances of migrants who were family members but failed to slide underneath the umbrella of biological parents or lawful custodians, as well as how many happen to be migrants who turned out to be 18 or over but ended up in reality traveling with their families.


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