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17 Oct, 4 tweets, 3 min read
DHS is trying to push through a new rule that would require over 6 million immigrants & U.S. citizens annually to surrender their biometric information— including DNA, face scans, and behaviorial biometrics—when seeking any immigration benefit. federalregister.gov/documents/2020…
We stand with @SenMarkey, @SenSanders, @RonWyden, @SenWarren, and @SenJeffMerkley in calling on DHS to withdraw this unjustified proposed rule. markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/…
The proposed rule is part of what @EricLiptonNYT describes as the Trump administration’s attempt “to enact regulatory changes affecting millions of Americans in a blitz.” nytimes.com/2020/10/16/us/…
While the comment period is now closed, you can read more about the serious issues with the proposed rule we've outlined in a blog post. eff.org/deeplinks/2020….

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