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Trump Administration Seeks to Expand Data Collection

The federal government wants to demand biometric data from immigrants in the U.S. on green cards and work permits to ensure continuous "vetting"

Max Siegelbaum

Sep 02, 2020

A visa and a passport

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The Trump administration has drafted a proposal that would expand the number of people required to provide biometric data to complete their immigraiton applications. It would also increase the scope of the government’s ability to demand information like eye scans, voice prints, DNA and photographs for facial recognition. The federal government wants to be allowed to request biometrics from immigrants who have received some benefit — including green cards or work permits — at any point until they are U.S. citizens, to ensure continuous “vetting.” BuzzFeed News

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