Category Archives: Immigration

DNA samples from immigrant families sought to help ID missing, dead relatives

A special team of immigration advocates, working in collaboration with forensic experts, will be in Manhattan later this month to get DNA samples from New York City area immigrant families whose relatives are missing and may have died crossing the deserts of the American southwest.

Forensics professor helps ID migrants

Latham and BakerINDIANAPOLIS — For University of Indianapolis professor Krista Latham, the field of forensics isn’t just science. It’s also human rights.
The anthropologist and four of her graduate students recently spent a week at a rural Texas cemetery, helping exhume the bodies of unidentified migrants buried there. Their efforts are the first step to name these anonymous individuals, who lost their identities and lives while trying to enter the United States.

Undocumented Immigrants: Orrin Hatch Wants Your DNA

HatchHatch has offered an amendment that would require most undocumented immigrants to submit a DNA sample along with other data when applying for legal status through

DNA: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

WellsHuffington Post Blog from Spencer Wells-I recently turned 44. As with all of one’s birthdays, a milestone like this is a chance to gaze backward and assess, as well as an opportunity to look to the future and imagine possibilities. As I do this, though, I’m cognizant of a friend who is being celebrated for turning 60 this year. She’s been in my life since before I was born, and she will be around long after I’ve faded into distant memory. But, in the way that humans do when we describe a feature in the natural world, we’ve assigned to her a birthday based on when we first recognized how special she was. I’m talking, of course, about deoxyribonucleic acid — DNA, our blueprint, the hardware/software combination that keeps us on the straight and narrow, controlling our development as we grow from fertilized egg to adult, as well as our biological evolution as a species.

Immigration officials struggle with identity management – and mismanagement

Immigration…Federal officials maintain they are trying to verify the identities of foreigners without compromising personal information. Fingerprints and iris scans are among the more reliable ID verification technologies. Portable DNA screening devices may be on the horizon. Officials say they take care to safeguard the databases that house the sensitive data collected…

DHS Collects DNA from Kids?

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) just released documents in response to one of EFF’s Freedom of Information Act requests show that DHS is considering collecting DNA from kids ages 14 and up—and is considering expanding its regulations to allow collection from kids that are younger..

Faces of Immigration: DNA test reunites family

Orange County Register
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 haul, she couldn’t foresee the harsh road ahead, which included doing a DNA test to prove that Dat Le was truly her son.