(BALTIMORE, MD, 2/27/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for judicial oversight of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) access to Maryland drivers’ records after reports surfaced today that the federal agency was able to bypass state and court approval to access millions of Maryland driver’s license photos and use biometric scanning technology to run facial-recognition searches.
SEE: ICE has run facial-recognition searches on millions of Maryland drivers
Earlier today, the civil rights organization submitted testimony in support of House Bill 892/Senate Bill 649 – Motor Vehicle Administration – Warrant for Personal Information and Reporting, introduced in the State Senate by Senator Clarence Lam et al, and in the House by Delegate Dana Stein et al.
CAIR’s testimony read in part:
“The prospect of the Trump administration using biometric technology unchecked to aggressively supercharge its deportation machine is deeply concerning. The technology enables ICE officials to run a photograph of any unknown individual through its system without a warrant or any reasonable cause, and determine whether potentially undocumented immigrants are returned as a match.
“Our organization supports HB892/SB649 because this measure would help restore trust, protect Marylanders from misuse of their sensitive and private information, and provide critical oversight by requiring federal immigration enforcement agencies like ICE to first obtain a warrant and authorization from a judge in order to access personal information from the MVA.”
CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062