Immigration

USCIS Wants to Increase the Amount of Biometric Data It Collects by Over 60%

By January 5, 2021February 2nd, 2021No Comments

USCIS Wants to Increase the Amount of Biometric Data It Collects by Over 60%

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to dramatically expand the personal information that it collects in support of immigration petitions and applications. This new rule will increase the total number of people who are required to submit biometric data from 3.9 million currently to 6.07 million—an increase of more than 60%.

The proposed rule increases the pool of people who must provide biometrics to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by requiring biometrics from individuals of any age. This will further scrutinize children and discourage victims of crime from being able to navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.

These unnecessary changes further the Trump administration’s narrative that immigrants are inherently dangerous, create permanent law enforcement records of deeply personal information for millions of people, and make it more difficult for noncitizens to navigate our byzantine immigration system.

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