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Immigration Magnetized, Privatized and Depersonalized

"By privatizing immigration enforcement as a date-of-hire requirement foisted on employers, but not making identity verification essentially foolproof through the creation and distribution of a national ID card, Congress doomed IRCA to fail. In effect, federal lawmakers forced the nation's...

REPORT FINDS BIOMETRIC ID CARD COULD COST TAXPAYERS AT LEAST $40 BILLION

"A new report, released by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law & Social Policy at UC Berkeley School of Law, is a first-ever in-depth analysis of the costs of establishing a biometric employment identity card. Hard to BELIEVE: The High Cost of a Biometric Identity Card finds...

From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond

"The collection of biometrics—including fingerprints, DNA, and face-recognition ready photographs—is becoming more and more a part of society. Both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are in the process of expanding their biometrics...

USCIS Policy Memo: Accommodating Religious Beliefs during Photograph and Fingerprint Capture

"This policy memorandum (PM) sets forth policy for the capture of photographs or fingerprints by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees and contractors during the course of their duties. This PM explains when accommodations are to be offered to individuals wearing religious...

US-VISIT vs. GIGO: No Contest

US-VISIT Faces Challenges in Identifying and Reporting Multiple Biographic Identities (Redacted) - DHS OIG, Aug. 13, 2012 . - "US-VISIT faces challenges in systematically identifying and flagging potential use of fraudulent biographic identities. Our analysis of Automated Biometric Identification...

A Mandatory National ID Card For Everyone: The Price For Reform?

"Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person's legal eligibility to work. The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language...

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

"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...

BIA on Jurisdiction, Biometrics Advisory: Matter of D-M-C-P-, 26 I&N Dec. 644 (BIA 2015)

Official Headnotes: (1) Neither an Immigration Judge nor the Board of Immigration Appeals has jurisdiction to consider whether asylum-only proceedings were improvidently instituted pursuant to a referral under the Visa Waiver Program. (2) It is improper to deem an application for relief abandoned...

Advance Copy of CBP Notice: Biometrics Test at Otay Mesa POE

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/13/2015 - "This notice announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intends to conduct a test to collect biometric information at the Otay Mesa, California land border port-of-entry from certain aliens entering and...