US Immigration Agents Scanned Driver-Licence Data through facial recognition technology in states that issues licence to undocumented immigrants. Between 2014 and 2017, millions of licences were scanned by FBI and ICE agents in the state without the knowledge of holders. Records of the searches were obtained by Georgetown Law researchers and passed on to the Washington legislators. The use of facial recognition technology to scan drivers’ licence for surveillance purposes is thought to be the first known case of ICE agents.
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US Immigration Agents Scanned Driver-Licence Data – A huge bait and switch.
The New York, Washington, District of Columbia as well as some other states, allows undocumented migrants to obtain driver’s licences, as long as they provide evidence that they are residents in the state and also pass a driving test. The database search was conducted in a way whereby there won’t be any loopholes. The police departments provided data such as fingerprints and DNA which have been taken from criminal suspects, while the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) holds a far larger database of information on residents. Majority of people whose data is held by the DMV have never been suspected of a crime.
Scanned Driver-Licence Data Criticized
The scanning has been widely criticised by rights campaigners and activists. Harrison Rudolph, an associate at Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology, told the New York Times that the revelations were mere scandals. He said that, “These states are unaware that when they apply for a driver’s licence they are also turning their face to ICE.” That is a huge bait and switch.
More than 100 migrants children returned to ‘horrific’ border station
According to a US border officials, more than 100 migrant children have reportedly been returned to Texas border station in the state. They were returned a day after being transferred. Approximately 250 migrants children were moved from the overcrowded centre after lawyers granted access by a judge confirmed that the children were living in a squalid environment and were been neglected. Meanwhile, a US immigration border official John Sanders, has decided to step down.
Why is the border chief quitting?
John Sanders has announced his resignation in an mail to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staff, obtained by US media. He will be leaving his role on the 5th of July.
“Although I will leave it to you to determine whether I was successful, I can unequivocally say that the most fulfilling and satisfying of my career was helping support the amazing men and women of CBP,” he wrote.
According to US media, the President, Donald Trump has planned to name Mark Morgan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in order to replace Mr Sanders. In an interview conducted by CBS News on Tuesday, Mr Morgan said,
“I don’t believe there is a “systematic problem” at detention facilities. I just don’t agree that it’s egregious conditions, like a systemic problem. Are there issues that we can improve and get better? Absolutely.”
Conditions at the Texas border station?
According to reports by the New York Times, about 100 children were transported back to the facility after changes have been made to alleviate its overcrowding. They have been held there for weeks. A lawyer who visited the facility in Clint told the BBC that,
Prof Warren Binford said. “Hundreds of children are been kept in a warehouse that was recently erected on the facility grounds. The cells are overcrowded and horrible with an open toiled in the middle of where they eat and sleep… there’s a lice infestation there, there is an influenza outbreak. Children are being locked up in isolation with no adult supervision, who are very, very ill and they’re just lying on the ground on mats. Also, they are not been bathes and were wearing the same dirty clothing they crossed the border with, they are been neglected with no care whatsoever”. This is degrading and inhuman and shouldn’t be happing in America.
According to the border authority, he acknowledged that the Clint facility was not suited to the task.
“US Customs and Border Protection leverages our limited resources to provide the best care possible to those in our custody, especially children.” As our leadership have noted numerous times, our short-term holding facilities were not created to accommodate large populations, and we are urgently in need of additional humanitarian funding to manage this crisis.”
The agency has promised to move the children to more suitable facilities as soon as there is available spaces.
On Monday, Veronica Escobar, a Democratic Representative in the state who had been deeply critical of the reported conditions, said she had been told that only 30 children remained in the Clint facility.
The State Of Illegal Immigration In US
Trump has focus his attention on immigration which he has made a top priority, calling the number of migrants at the southern border a national security crisis. Let’s see the numbers of undocumented immigrants already residing in the US
According to new reports of dangerous conditions where migrants detention facilities along the US-Mexico border has added fuel to the immigration debate. Democratic lawmakers have been touring the centres, describing conditions where migrants are reportedly forced to drink water out of toilets.
Congress passed a bill in June to send $4.6bn (£3.6bn) in order to discuss the ongoing crisisat the border amid growing outrage over the conditions of migrants. According to new analysis from the Pew Research Center, while the number of apprehensions at the border has been rising over the last two years, the number of u documented immigrants in the US is decreasing. Much of is is as a result of unauthorized Mexican immigrants. Many of whim are now relocating from the US. However, claimants have the right to reside in the US until their case is dealt with. This process often takes years.
Under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, there is no obligation on refugees to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. Asylum seekers are protected against prosecution for illegal entry to a foreign country by Article 31 of the Convention.