Date AnnouncedMay 28, 2019
ICE issues an RFP for contract to administer rapid DNA tests at seven border locations to identify fraudulent claims of familial relationships by migrants. The program is called "Operation Double Helix 2.0"; proposals are due by June 3, 2019. No more than 50,000 tests will be administered during the "contract base period," and another 50,000 could be administered during a later "option one period."
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 #402]View Policy Document
Effective Date of ChangeMay 28, 2019
Subsequent ActionJune 18, 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.ICE News Release