District Attorney Asking Congress to Make DNA Collection Part of Immigration Reform

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos sent a hand-delivered letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., asking that pending immigration reforms include provisions allowing immigrants’ DNA samples to be cross-checked against the FBI’s database.

This is just another obstacle that is being created to criminalize, rather than support, our undocumented immigrant community. It is another form of advancing a mindset, not of how many billions our undocumented immigrant brothers and sisters have contributed to this economy, but that they are all criminals.  At the same time, it is meant to add another requisite to placing our immigrant families at the back of the line, with so many requisites to meet, that they will be waiting “more years than life” to obtain a legalization that is just and equal.


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