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    Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

    Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform






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    The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.


    Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation (.pdf) is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID.
    Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo.


    This piece of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet. Think of it as a government version of Foursquare, with Big Brother cataloging every check-in.


    “It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things,” said Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”


    For now, the legislation allows the database to be used solely for employment purposes. But historically such limitations don’t last. The Social Security card, for example, was created to track your government retirement benefits. Now you need it to purchase health insurance.


    “The Social Security number itself, it’s pretty ubiquitous in your life,” Calabrese said.


    David Bier, an analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, agrees with the ACLU’s fears.


    “The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities,” he said. “It’s like a national ID system without the card.”
    For the moment, the debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee is focused on the parameters of legalization for unauthorized immigrants, a border fence and legal immigration in the future.
    The committee is scheduled to resume debate on the package Tuesday.



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    Immigration bill calls for federal employment photo database

    5:23 AM 05/11/2013
    Josh Peterson
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    Hidden within the 867-page Senate immigration reform bill is a mandate for the creation of a federal biometric database under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, Wired reported Friday.

    The bill would mandate the development and maintenance of a federal photo database “that enables employers to match the photo on a covered identity document provided to the employer” to a photo in that database.

    A covered identity document includes a valid U.S. passport or passport card, a legal drivers license, or any other document representing legal residency and employment status.

    The database would be maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Homeland Security.

    The “photo tool” database would be one of several databases integrated into a larger identification system maintained by Homeland Security.

    The bill is scheduled for further debate on Tuesday.

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    WASHINGTON - Starting this month, green card holders could be required to provide their fingerprints, photos and other biometric data when they arrive at a U.S. port of entry for identification purposes.

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    IMMIGRATION BILL CREATES GIANT DATABASE ON ALL AMERICANS



    by WILLIAM BIGELOW 12 May 2013, 11:36 AM PDT 70POST A COMMENT

    The days of Big Brother may be here already, thanks to a provision in the immigration reform measure being considered in the Senate, Wired magazine reports.

    Within the 800 pages of the legislation under consideration is a passage outlining the creation of a federal database so large it would contain photographs, names, ages, and Social Security numbers of every American who has a driver’s license or state-issued photo ID. This database is referred to as the “photo-tool."

    The ostensible purpose of the “photo-tool” would be to aid employers in checking any prospective employee against the photo, thus ensuring that employers don’t hire illegal immigrants.

    The problem is that although supporters of the tool claim it would only be used for employment purposes, there is a real risk the "photo-tool" could be extended to cover far more than was originally intended. One example is the Social Security card, which was originally intended to track retirement benefits. Now it has become a ubiquitous form of identification, being used for other purposes, such as buying health insurance.

    Opponents of the database fear its intrusion into privacy, asserting that the database could lead to its requirement in order to vote, purchase firearms, open bank accounts, and countless other ways it could be abused.

    Chris Calabrese, a congressional lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union, toldWired, “It starts to change the relationship between the citizen and state, you do have to get permission to do things. More fundamentally, it could be the start of keeping a record of all things.”

    David Bier, an analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, concurred, telling the magazine: “The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities. It’s like a national ID system without the card.”

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