A short while after I read in the Washington Post that ICE is using facial recognition software to review other states’ DMV photo data bases to identify undocumented immigrants that they were seeking to arrest, I got a call from News12 to give a statement on the subject. Here is what I said:
First, what ICE did in Vermont and two other states is disgraceful. People in those states did not authorize their state DMVs to share that information with ICE. We should not be living in a country where any state shares confidential data without a person’s permission. In these situations, ICE did not have a court order or the permission of the drivers, the states simply released the data.
Second, New York State’s new Green Light legislation strictly prohibits disclosure of applicant photos by the DMV without lawful court order, judicial warrant, or subpoena. This means ICE could not simply conduct a mass search of our state’s DMV photos. The other point I emphasized is that ICE can only access state databases if that state allows it, which NYS should simply not do under any circumstances.
Warning: A non-numeric value encountered in /home/customer/www/longislandwins.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/Newspaper/includes/wp_booster/td_block.php on line 326
Long Island Wins is communications effort published by Pat Young that focuses on immigration issues on Long Island and beyond designed to promote commonsense immigration policies that are rooted in respect and dignity that benefit all Long Islanders - local solutions where everyone “wins.”