Immigration agency secretly searches millions of Americans’ ID photos


The news has raised alarm in states that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses: Utah, Vermont and Washington

US immigration authorities have accessed driver’s licenses databases across the country, searching millions of people’s photos without their knowledge, privacy researchers reported Monday.

The revelations have raised significant alarms in Utah, Vermont and Washington, in particular. Those three states have allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s IDs and permits, but also have appeared at times to work with Ice agents seeking access to those databases, according to Georgetown Law experts who obtained the government files through records requests.

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