The immigration bill the Senate began debating this month will create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the US.
The immigration bill will create 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.
Mother Jones reported:
Pointing to a section of the bill that mandates a CIS “photo tool” database to enhance E-Verify checks (PDF), Wired last month ominously warned that it “would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the US” through the collection of state-issued photo IDs. (Biometrics, measurements of physical characteristics like photographs, fingerprints, or iris scans, are used to check against database entries to verify a person’s identity—fingerprints are a biometric commonly used to track immigrants entering the country.)
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A Senate aide contacted by the Daily Beast disputed Wired‘s report, arguing that the a Supreme Court ruling called Printz v. US would prohibit the federal government from forcing state officials to turn over driver’s license images for the CIS database. Even so, the feds already have passport photos, and states could voluntarily hand over additional information.
It looks like the senate aide was wrong.
Already the faces of more than 120 million people are stored in searchable photo databases that officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.
Obamacare will also share personal private health information with federal and state agencies.