Original Date AnnouncedDecember 3, 2020
CBP announced that the pilot programs it began in January 2020 to assess collection of DNA samples from certain individuals in CBP custody have provided the information it needs to implement nationwide collection. The collection program will reach full operation by December 31, 2020.
[ID #1218]DNA sample collection program to become fully operational by the end of the year
Effective DateDecember 31, 2020
Current StatusFully in Effect
Original Trump Policy StatusStatus: Final/ActualTrump Administration Actions: Change in Practice Forms and Information CollectionSubject Matter: DetentionAgencies Affected: CBP
Associated or Derivative Policies
- May 28, 2019 ICE seeks to implement Rapid DNA testing to identify fraudulent claims of family relationships
- June 21, 2019 ICE awards new contract for rapid DNA testing at southwest border; expands pilot program
- March 9, 2020 DOJ eliminates DHS discretion to exempt certain detained noncitizens from DNA-sample collection
- September 11, 2020 DHS proposes rule to expand biometric data collection
Pre Trump-Era Policies
January 6, 2020
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will initiate a limited, small-scale pilot program to assess the operational impact of proposed regulatory changes that would require the collection of DNA samples from certain individuals in CBP custody.
The pilot program will be limited to the following locations:
- The U.S. Border Patrol will implement the pilot program in the Detroit Sector.
- The Office of Field Operations will implement the pilot program at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry in southwestern Texas.
Trump-Era Policy Documents
- New Policy
CBP to Assess Collection of DNA Samples