nearvideo exclusive: whistleblowers say, cutting the DNA program to increase border security is not used
The Homeland Security pilot program was designed to screen the reports of individuals held by Customs and Border Protection agent against an FBI database of violent crimes; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge.
EXCLUSIVE: A top government watchdog has Whistleblower in the rebuke of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the allegedly erroneous collect DNA from detained migrants, so that the samples could be checked against an FBI database of violent crimes.
“U.S. citizens, holders of a permanent residence permit and the illegal aliens in this country have been damaged by our Agency does not collect DNA,” Mike Taylor, a government the Whistleblower, told Fox News.
The informant claimed explicitly that the DNA-a pilot program was put on hold while the Obama administration, and efforts to implement them, under the trump-derailed administration.
“There is no current pilot program. It’s basically dead in the water,” fellow whistleblower Fred Wynn said.
The informant filed a complaint in may of 2018, with the Office of Special Counsel (which is separate from Robert Mueller, the former office with the same name). On Monday, after inquiries from Fox News, the Office of Special Counsel, a rare statement issued.
“The OSC fully supports this Whistleblower. While the OSC does not comment in General open an investigation, we would like to point out that in this case, the Special Counsel determined there was a substantial probability that misconduct on the part of CBP, to collect for his failure, the DNA of undocumented prisoners and detainees,” the spokesman Zachary said in the statement.
He said that given the “severity of law enforcement” and the public safety, Special Counsel Henry J. Kerner met with the former Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders and current Deputy Commissioner Bob Perez “urged them to reconsider the decision not to collect DNA from CBP prisoners and detainees.”
The OSC statement supports a large part of what the informants, the only Fox News on the DNA of said program, which, apparently, was stalled from the beginning.
Records not specified jointly by the informants that the program go forward under the Obama administration, according to the then-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano got a waiver in 2010 by the then Attorney General Eric Holder, referring to “strong organisational, resource and financial challenges.”
While the Obama administration put the original Test program to keep, the informants claimed that the project was never meant to hold permanently. She said that in 2016 it will have been assigned to the DNA pilot program, but ran into more blocks.
In contrast to DNA kits that test whether persons detained at the border, the members of the family, the whistleblowers,” said the CBP pilot project was developed to be more DNA sample to be run against the FBI Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which includes acts of violence, including sexual assault and rape.
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Mark Jones claims that design in a year 2018, the Homeland Security conference call, officials discussed the program successfully.
“The people said conference call, then we we can get it not to make,” he said, adding that is what prompted to reach out to you, to the watchdog Agency.
Jones laments the impact of the non-DNA program seriously.
“We have a great tool, the required and approved by the Congress a law, and we do not use them,” Jones said. “We are, as we conceive ourselves to be individuals and to process, and not in the DNA sample, we do not give our law enforcement-both state and Federal level — an additional Instrument, these outstanding crimes.”
Wynn added: “We can speculate that the kind of people that come by, are the people who has a very good reason, to escape detection, and proposes that persons with a criminal past.”
The informants showed on Fox News, as the old DNA-Test-kits were time consuming and involved blood, while the new kits based on a cheek swab, and lasted under a minute.
To back up their assertions, questions about statements and actions on the higher levels of the DHS.
Last spring, then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was peppered with questions on Capitol Hill about the program. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., pressed Nielsen on the DNA collection from “non-American had taken-people, called under the laws of the United States,” it is a “rule.”
“We are working on the pilot now,” Nielsen, she assured him. “We are in the planning phase and do it in batches. Some of the processing. We want to ensure that we have the chain of custody.”
But in the same month, the informant said it was a DHS conference call to seal the program’s fate-even if the participant with the name not to identify themselves.
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Internal emails reviewed by Fox News, questions about what Actions DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan knew. In the time of Nielsen’s testimony, in April 2018, McAleenan, the Director of the CBP has a direct responsibility.
The E-Mails displayed, the alert in February 2018, a Nielsen senior staff, the program troubled status. The “Whistleblower,” said Nielsen supports the program and wanted to progress.
In the last week, Fox News, a spokesman for the Department asked, if McAleenan discussed the Problem with Nielsen in the year 2018, and what steps he took, if any, to the implementation of the programme or at a standstill. On Monday, the Department would not comment on leadership discussions, but issued a statement saying it remained the program on hold.
“In response to further requests specific for the DNA collection for CODIS; CBP, in coordination with DHS, explored and assessed the DNA program in terms of DNA collection for inclusion in CODIS. In the examination, it was found that the exceptions to waiver will be unchanged in 2010. There are currently no plans to change this, waiver, but DHS is moving forward with a DNA Test-pilot, to verify family relationships,” a DHS official said in the statement to Fox News.
According to records reviewed by Fox News, CBP had previously claimed that the almost ten-year-old waiver from the Obama administration was still in place, the Agency would need another waiver to kick-start the DNA program, and the prisoners were sent to other authorities, then to the DNA.
The informants doubt the last statement. “We know that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) recorded… far of the collection of DNA from everyone we turn over to you. The numbers are very low, single-digit percentage,” said Taylor.
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While the OSC has since weighed in, in Short, the office does not have the authority to carry out its own investigation, but rather would refer allegations to other authorities and you check and then a final report.
“OSC expects CBP a written reply to questions discussed, the meeting that you had before you with the review of this matter”, in Short, of the meeting Kerner with CBP leaders. “Once the investigation is completed, the documents in connection with this case, the President and the Congress submitted, and made public on the OSC website.”