Could U.S. Immigration Reform Include a National Biometric Database?


Adam Vrankuli
BioMetric Update
May 10, 2013

Reports are emerging today regarding the possibility of a national biometric database of U.S. adults, following references to a “photo tool” administered by the Department of Homeland Security in immigration reform measures currently in front of the U.S. Senate.

According to a report in Wired published this morning, buried in the legislation – called Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act – is “language mandating the creation of an 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 of other state-issued photo ID.”

Under the new system, employers would have to cross-reference new hires in the database to ensure they really are who they claim to be.

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