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ICE seeks to implement Rapid DNA testing to identify fraudulent claims of family relationships

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 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]

    ICE RFP for DNA Testing at Seven Border Locations
  2. Effective Date

    May 28, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Detention Border
Agencies Affected: CBP ICE

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