DA Proposes DNA Testing for New Citizens

Tomoya Shimura, Daily Press, January 31, 2013

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos wrote a letter to congressional leaders, urging legislators to require DNA testing for immigrants seeking citizenship.

The District Attorney’s office released the letter to the media on Wednesday, suggesting DNA testing should be part of any immigration reform considered by Congress.

“Immigration reform’s time has come,” Ramos wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “We have the technology and protocols to keep known criminals from becoming U.S. citizens.”

Under Ramos’ plan, immigration officials would collect DNA samples from citizenship applicants and run them through the DNA database. The database created by federal, state and local crime laboratories includes more than 10 million offender profiles, according to the letter.

There are two purposes to his proposal: To prevent granting citizenship to immigrants with criminal history and to prove to the public that most immigrants are not criminals, Ramos said in a phone interview Wednesday.


He said the issue is personal for him because he’s a second generation Hispanic who grew up in California. Ramos said many people have a misconception that immigrants are gang members and criminals.


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  • potato78

    A very good idea for requiring DNA testing for immigrants seeking citizenship.

  • bigone4u

    “Ramos said many people have a misconception that immigrants are gang members and criminals.” Misconception?

    • The__Bobster

      Not so much. Stereotypes are based on honest observations.


      Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.

      Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs.
      Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.

      • Even to get to “10% of youth gang members are white,” they have to stretch the point about the definitions of both “gang” and “white.” I would bet that someone considers a paintball club to be a “youth gang” full of “whites,” just to have “white gang bangers” to show on paper.

  • Triarius

    Never happen. It would show that there are hundreds of thousands of criminal illegals. Besides, how can that ever work? Race is a social construct and DNA is all the same.

  • MobyWhite

    DNA testing for non whites is a racist construct.

    Let the testing begin!

  • Barrack Osama

    Try testing the illegal immigrants.

    Spoilers: By definition, every single one is a criminal.

  • Commonsense80

    America naturally attracted the rebellious, adventurous and bold genes from Europe. With our refusal to enforce immigration laws we are simply taking on the criminally inclined from the Mexican gene pool. Those that have the capacity to wait for multiple marshmallows never get here and never get their deserved reward.

  • Shattered

    Or, we could simply freeze all immigration for a decade or two.


    What would be the difference between processing DNA and processing fingerprints? They do take fingerprints, don’t they?