October 22, 2019 / 2:50 PM / a month ago

Mexico worried by U.S. plan to collect DNA samples from migrants

FILE PHOTO: Migrant men sit on the ground after being detained by law enforcement for illegally crossing the Rio Grande and attempting to evade capture in Hidalgo, Texas, U.S., August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico is worried by a U.S. proposed rule to collect genetic samples from migrants, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, adding to concerns by immigration advocates about the storage of DNA samples for minors and asylum seekers.

The foreign ministry said it would pay close attention to the implementation of the policy to ensure the correct use of Mexican citizens’ information stored by U.S. authorities, following the announcement of the policy.

Reporting by Mexico City Newsroom; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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