Navigation Links
DNA Saves Applauds Proposed Hatch Amendment to the Immigration Reform Bill
Date:5/8/2013

CARLSBAD, N.M., May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jayann Sepich , mother of murder victim Katie Sepich , and founder of DNA Saves (www.DNASaves.org) expressed appreciation for Sen. Hatch's (Utah) proposal to require DNA samples from undocumented immigrants applying for a special residency status, and for his continued commitment to victim issues.

"My daughter was murdered by someone in the United States illegally," said Mrs. Sepich.  "But I am also a New Mexican. These undocumented workers are my neighbors, my peers, my economy and my community. We must separate the hard-working, honest individuals from those whose criminal activity would derail our efforts to reform and revalidate our country's proud history of immigration."

Mrs. Sepich noted that the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005 (P.L.  109-162) already requires DNA from non-US persons who are detained. To the extent that applicants for residency status are being detained – to undergo security and law enforcement clearances, including a variety of biometric and biographical data checks – the Hatch amendment does not create new law. It simply incrementally implements current law by adding DNA to the data collection effort. Moreover, current law for detainee DNA collection does not provide for expungement. The Hatch amendment improves rights of detainees by allowing expungement after the initial six year probationary period.

"If people are here in violation of current federal law, then how do we, in good conscience, offer a path to permanent legal residency status without fully understanding who they are and what they've done?" said Sepich. "We are taking fingerprints. Why would we not take DNA?"

In 2003, Katie Sepich was kidnapped, raped, and strangled, then her body set on fire and abandoned in an old dump site. Her killer's DNA was found under her fingernails, and was eventually matched to a man who was determined to be in the United States illegally. During the search, Katie's killer fled back to Mexico and was eventually apprehended when he re-entered the United States.

Katie's parents successfully advocated for "Katie's Law" in New Mexico, and then took the campaign nationwide to enact similar laws throughout the country. A number of these laws, including one enacted by Congress, have been named "Katie's Law" in memory of Katie and in honor of her mother's advocacy efforts.


'/>"/>
SOURCE DNA Saves
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related biology news :

1. Stenting blocked bowel arteries saves lives
2. Genetic analysis saves major apple-producing region of Washington state
3. Genetic matchmaking saves endangered frogs
4. WCS applauds Dept. of Interior plan balancing conservation and energy development in NPR-A
5. Climate-smart strategies proposed for spectacular US-Canadian landscape
6. New and revised standards for omega-3s, natural sweeteners and other food ingredients proposed
7. Peer review option proposed for biodiversity data
8. Updated DHS report on risks of proposed Kansas biocontainment lab
9. Growing risks from hatchery fish
10. Cell biologists say immigration reform critical to scientific education and competitiveness
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/6/2017)... 2017 Forecasts by Product Type ... by End-Use (Transportation & Logistics, Government & Public Sector, ... Fossil Generation Facility, Nuclear Power), Industrial, Retail, Business Organisation ... Are you looking for a definitive report on the ... ...
(Date:4/3/2017)... 2017  Data captured by IsoCode, IsoPlexis ... a statistically significant association between the potency ... and objective response of cancer patients post-treatment. ... whether cancer patients will respond to CAR-T ... as to improve both pre-infusion potency testing and ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... 28, 2017 The report "Video ... Monitors, Servers, Storage Devices), Software (Video Analytics, VMS), and ... Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market ... is projected to reach USD 75.64 Billion by 2022, ... The base year considered for the study is 2016 ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... October ... ... (RPS®) today announces publication of a United States multicenter, prospective clinical study ... use, disposable, point-of-care diagnostic test capable of identifying clinically significant acute bacterial ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... upregulate any gene in its endogenous context, enabling overexpression experiments and avoiding the ... system with small RNA guides is transformative for performing systematic gain-of-function studies. ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... and LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. , Oct. ... Cancer Research, London (ICR) and University ... SKY92, SkylineDx,s prognostic tool to risk-stratify patients with multiple myeloma ... MUK nine . The University of Leeds ... partly funded by Myeloma UK, and ICR will perform the ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... (ADC) therapeutics, today confirmed licensing rights that give it exclusive global access ... developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Additionally, an ...
Breaking Biology Technology: