DHS BIOMETRICS PROPOSAL REPRESENTS ‘UNACCEPTABLE ESCALATION OF GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE,’ SENATORS SAY | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

DHS BIOMETRICS PROPOSAL REPRESENTS ‘UNACCEPTABLE ESCALATION OF GOVERNMENT SURVEILLANCE,’ SENATORS SAY

A group of prominent progressive senators is urging the Homeland Security Department to withdraw its proposal to expand the biometric information collection practices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., sent a letter to DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf Friday urging the agency to abandon its biometrics proposal due to privacy concerns, calling biometric data collection “invasive.”

“Expanding biometric-data collection in this manner would chill legal immigration, be inconsistent with our privacy values, and pose disproportionate risks to individuals of color,” the letter reads. “The scope, sensitivity, and invasiveness of the proposed DHS biometric data collection program would amount to an unacceptable escalation of government surveillance.”

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