Immigration Law

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CBP to Collect DNA at Border
Posted on 7 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press, Jan. 6, 2020 "The U.S. government on Monday launched a pilot program to collect DNA from people in immigration custody and submit it to the FBI, with plans to expand nationwide. The information would go into... Read More

Tags: border , DNA

DOJ Proposed Rule: DNA-Sample Collection from Immigration Detainees
Posted on 22 Oct 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 22, 2019 "The Department of Justice is proposing to amend regulations that require DNA-sample collection from individuals who are arrested, facing charges, or convicted, and from non-United... Read More

USCIS Updates Policy Memo on DNA Evidence in Support of Sibling Relationships (Apr. 17, 2018)
Posted on 3 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, May 2, 2018 - "USCIS has updated its policy on the acceptance of DNA evidence supporting sibling relationships. This policy memorandum (PDF, 136 KB) permits officers to suggest and consider direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test results, and provides... Read More

Tags: siblings , policy , USCIS , DNA

BIA on Sibling-to-Sibling DNA Testing: Matter of Ruzku, 26 I&N Dec. 731 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 29 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Ruzku, 26 I&N Dec. 731 (BIA 2016) - Direct sibling-to-sibling DNA test results reflecting a 99.5 percent degree of certainty or higher that a full sibling biological relationship exists should be accepted and considered to be probative evidence... Read More

Tags: ruzku , sibling , bia , DNA

Faces of immigration: DNA test reunites family
Posted on 14 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The day Hoang left Vietnam with her new Vietnamese-American fiancé, she knew it would take a while before she'd get the chance to petition for her 10-year-old son Dat Le to join her in the United States. While she expected a long... Read More

Tags: visa , USCIS , DNA

From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond
Posted on 23 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The collection of biometrics—including fingerprints, DNA, and face-recognition ready photographs—is becoming more and more a part of society. Both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation... Read More

Tags: EFF , biometrics , DNA