DHS to start DNA testing asylum-seekers at the border

DHS to start DNA testing asylum-seekers at the border

Trump earlier this year declared the immigration influx a national emergency, which allowed him to circumvent Congress to redirect more than $6 billion in funding to start building his border wall. It would be used to address urgent humanitarian needs, they said, and the money is needed quickly.

USA government searches of travelers' cellphones and laptops at airports and border crossings almost quadrupled since 2015 and were being done for reasons beyond customs and immigration enforcement, according to papers filed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that claims scouring the electronic devices without a warrant is unconstitutional.

"Theoretically, we could end up deporting them in two weeks, rather than two to five years", the source said to the Washington Examiner.

But the White House now wants an extra $3.3 billion to increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied migrant children and for the feeding and care of families, plus transportation and processing centers.

It also includes $1.1 billion for border operations like additional personnel and detention beds.

In preparation for a lawsuit the ACLU is bringing against the federal government, U.S. officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had an under-oath chat with the ACLU about how exactly they search electronic devices at the border when they don't have a warrant or "suspicion". The agency has been reluctant to introduce DNA testing procedures, in part because of privacy and data storage concerns, officials said.

The president and his aides previously insisted the February declaration was necessary to address a "humanitarian and national security crisis".

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Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday encountered its largest group to date: 424 people in rural New Mexico. And officials said document fraud is common at the border; homeland security officials say that corrupt officials in Central American countries - especially in Guatemala - have been issuing low-priced fake birth certificates.

The money would come on top of the funding President Donald Trump has redirected to make good on a central pledge of his 2016 election campaign - to build a border wall to stop illegal immigrants - ahead of his looming 2020 presidential race.

The number of families and children arriving alone at the border is now outpacing the number of single adults, putting new strains on the immigration system.

Acting Director of Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 11, 2019. The lawsuit claims these technology searches of certain individuals aren't for customs and immigration enforcement, but that the CBP and ICE are taking requests from other agencies to search electronic devices to gather information on tax, bankruptcy, environmental and consumer protection investigations.

"The situation has become more dire", a senior administration official told reporters on a conference call, speaking on condition of anonymity. She also said DHS had uncovered "child recycling rings", a process of using children repeatedly in an attempt to released in the U.S.

It follows the White House's request from a year ago for $5.7 billion for a border wall, of which Congress allocated only $1.4 billion.