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ICE Uses DL Info for Immigration Enforcement

July 14, 2021 (1 min read)

Kimberly Cataudella, Alexia Fernández Campbell, Center for Public Integrity, July 13, 2021

"Sixteen states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses or similar IDs known as driving privilege cards, eliminating the chance of arrest for driving without a license, a common fast-track to deportation.  More places are considering it as research shows earlier adopters reduced the likelihood of hit-and-run accidents, lowered insurance costs for drivers, increased the number of insured motorists on roads and improved poverty rates.  But immigration authorities are using driver’s license data to find the very people who are supposed to benefit from the new laws. ... Public Integrity found that ICE has requested information solely for immigration enforcement in some cases over the last year and a half.  And advocates say they doubt jurisdictions can be sure the agency won’t use driver’s license data to track down undocumented immigrants who have committed no crimes."