Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered a group of 128 illegal aliens several miles west of the Lukeville Port on Aug. 22, 2018. (CBP photo)

CBP Rebuked by Watchdog, Whistleblowers for ‘Failure’ to Collect DNA from Migrant Detainees

A top government watchdog has joined whistleblowers in rebuking U.S. Customs and Border Protection for allegedly failing to collect DNA from detained migrants so the samples could be checked against an FBI database for violent crimes.

The whistleblowers specifically alleged that the DNA pilot program was put on hold during the Obama administration, and efforts to implement it under the Trump administration were derailed.

The whistleblowers filed a complaint in May 2018 with the Office of Special Counsel (which is separate from Robert Mueller’s former office with the same name). On Monday, after inquiries from Fox News, the Office of Special Counsel issued a rare statement.

Read more at Fox News

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