DOJ Comment Deadline: DNA-Sample Collection From Immigration Detainees

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to require DNA-sample collection from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States. The amendment would strike a provision authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to exempt from the sample-collection requirement certain aliens from whom collection of DNA samples is not feasible because of operational exigencies or resource limitations.

This action will restore the Attorney General's plenary legal authority to authorize and direct all relevant Federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, to collect DNA samples from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United States persons who are detained under the authority of the United States.

Members of the public may submit comments online at Regulations.gov or via mail. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.