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September 29, 2005

Action Alert: Oppose DNA Collection Provision in VAWA Reauthorization Bill

As early as today, September 29, the Senate could consider the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2005 (S. 1197). Unfortunately, during Senate Judiciary Committee consideration of the measure, Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) was successful in attaching an amendment that would authorize any federal government agency to collect DNA samples from people who are arrested or detained under federal authority in order for those DNA profiles to be included in the federal (CODIS) DNA database. This amendment would have serious implications for people who are detained on possible immigration violations, forcing them to submit their DNA to federal officials. The DNA provision has nothing to do with VAWA reauthorization, which AILA strongly supports. Indeed, this pernicious amendment has surfaced in a number of different legislative vehicles. Most recently, the House Rules Committee ruled a similar amendment "out of order" when Representative Jeff Flake attempted to attach it to the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (H.R. 3402), which contains the House version of VAWA reauthorization legislation (see item number 4 below). Please call your Senators immediately and urge them to oppose the immigrant DNA collection provision wherever it appears! You can reach the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Posted by VisaLawyer at September 29, 2005 11:54 AM

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