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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is expanding nationwide its efforts to collect DNA samples from certain illegal immigrants suspected of crimes and plans to complete the process by month’s end, well ahead of its deadline.
“This aggressive timeline represents a strong commitment by CBP to implement collection under this law, well ahead of the 3 years contemplated by the rule,” the agency said.
The DNA collections were authorized by the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 passed by Congress in early 2006, which required CBP to gather DNA from individuals who are arrested, facing criminal charges or convicted, and from non‑U.S. individuals who are detained under federal authority.
The samples are supposed to be added to the FBI database known as the Combined DNA Index System or CODIS.
Under the Obama administration, …