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US immigration authorities have accessed d lnses bases across the country, rching millions of s without their kledge, rerchers reported Monday.

The revelations have rsed significant alms in , Vermont and , in pticul. Those three states have owed to obtn d IDs and permits, but also have ea at s to with nts seeking access to those bases, according to Georgetown eperts who obtned the files through records requests.

Undocumented folks e coming out of the shadows in these states to get d lnses and come into compliance with the , sd Rudolph, an associate at Georgetowns Center on Privacy and nology, which sha the records with . They e never t when they go into the DMV [deptment of motor vehicles] to get a lnse that they also be submitting their face to and Customs Enforcement. That is a bt and and its deeply unfr.

In , the state DMV base was the of n 2,000 facial-recognition rches from out enforcement and federal nts, including and the , according to an analysis by the Post, which reported on the records. One noted in the records that the base d more than 5m d lnses and state ID .

ed records showed that authorities and federal nts have at s received state roval to conduct rches of the DMV repository. One file sd the pur was to compe the with those of suspects, and, potentiy, to rehend them.

A federal lawsuit filed in by an immigrants group eged that migrant fm were tgeted for deportation after they obtned lnses, reported this ye. The state DMV sent names, and personal on migrant to , according to that suit.

A DMV sd Monday that the state had stopped the use of in 2017, and that no has been sha since then.

The records from state also showed that nts made requests to the states lnsing deptment. State s admitted to the ttle s last ye that the deptment, which issues d lnses, had regully provided with and lnse . The Democratic , Jay Inslee, sd at the he was ordering a stop to the pr, though the of that was uncle.

The lnsing deptment sd in a statement Monday that it only releases for purs when t is a judicial order or subpoena. Since 2013, the state has received 53 requests for access, which two from the and four from .When es e found, the state would provide limited , the statement sd.

is one of a handful of states across the country that has a sanctuary law on the meant to limit cooperation between local enforcement and authorities.

T has been a growing push across the country to ow undocumented to have lnses, with the understanding that it improves their lives and ds . But that should not be used by to pursue deportations, ivists sd.

Its putting in this impossible situation, sd Jacinta Gonzales, an organizer with the group Mijente, noting that state IDs e supd to undocumented avoid . Its a lose-lose for immigrants.

Last week, Mijente released documents that nts echanged cheerful messs about upcoming rds and potential s, with one writing, Hy hunting!

When take d lnse , they have not given consent for their ims to be rched, added St Vincent, a rercher with .

States have tried to improve s lives and s ability in this country to move ound by giving them the ability to drive, she sd. But e the states ensuring that its not used in a way that s ?

The has also logged more than 390,000 facial-recognition searches of bases since 2011, including DMV , the disclosed in June. Neither nor state have passed s authorizing these types of sys, the Post noted.

T has been growing evidence in recent yes that nology can supply false positives and can exacerbate racial biases in the US sy.

Asked about the Georgetown records, Bourke sd the ncy does not comment on investigative niques, tics or , adding, During the course of an , has the ability to collaborate with eternal local, federal and international ncies to obtn that assist in case completion and prosecution efforts.

An pointed to its recent testimony before , which sd: is a that, if used properly, can ly enhance enforcement capabilities and protect .



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