Date AnnouncedJune 21, 2019
ICE announces 120-day extension of the rapid DNA testing pilot program and expansion to five additional locations along the southwest border to assess long-term implementation. ICE awards a 10-month contract to Bode Cellmark Forensics Inc., with a total value of $5.2 million, to carry out the expansion.
The government asserts that it retains authority to conduct Rapid DNA testing from 8 U.S.C. § 1357(b), which allows ICE to “take and consider evidence concerning the privilege of any person to enter, reenter, pass through, or reside in the United States.” However, this statute generally has applied to “evidence” such as inspecting entry documents, not conducting DNA testing. [ID #399]View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeJune 21, 2019
Subsequent ActionJune 25, 2019
DHS releases Privacy Impact Statement for the Rapid DNA program to clarify the scope of DNA use, to "outline the privacy risks involved in using Rapid DNA technology," and "to explain how ICE will mitigate any risks pertaining to privacy."Privacy Impact Assessment for the Rapid DNA Operational Use