Last spring, the Department of Homeland Security started collecting DNA at United States borders for the first time. Since then, DHS has quietly begun to implement the largest expansion of government DNA collection and storing of biometric information in more than a decade.
MuckRock wants to learn more about the operations of these immigration detention facilities, private and public. If you’re a group local to a facility and want to help our effort, let us know.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the release of records pertaining to an “immigration update” given at a law enforcement association earlier this year.
The federal government is currently looking to house thousands of migrant children and families in new locations, including military bases and, potentially, new facilities to be managed by private corporations already heavily-involved in the American detention system.
Want to know how the Trump administration’s border enforcement is going? Be prepared to wait, and to fight, for transparency.