US immigration policies aimed at identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants are often problematic. Research consistently shows that such policies lead to widespread racial profiling, indefinite detention without due process, damage to public safety, and many privacy and civil rights violations.
But the trend toward documentation extends beyond the immigrant community. The FBI has developed NextGen, a national biometric identification system for all Americans, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The Department of Homeland Security is overseeing the implementation of a Real ID, which will force states bring their driver’s licenses into compliance with federal standards, in effect creating a national I.D. card and database. DHS also oversees e-Verify, a national database employers can check to see if someone is legally allowed to work in the U.S., thereby creating the situation that people need the federal government’s permission to work.
The emphasis on documentation puts the federal government directly at the center of our lives, and the vast databases of our personal information creates significant privacy and security risks.
Both Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) and Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) are engaged in monitoring and tracking First Amendment protected activity.Monitoring of political speech is inherently chilling. It is also outside the jurisdiction of both ICE and CBP.
The hunger strike in the El Paso Service Processing Center has entered it’s tenth week. The strike continues despite cruel abuse of the protesters, and even after two of the #ElPaso9 hunger strikers were deported last Thursday.
DRAD and allies delivered thousands of signatures to Speaker Pelosi warning against providing funds for more surveillance technology at the border.
DRAD joined with dozens of other advocacy organizations to send a letter to DHS secretary Kristjen Nielson expressing concerns about treatment of people detained at ICE facilities, and demanding immediate changes.
ICE officials throw El Paso hunger strikers into solitary confinement after altercation over force-feeding, says attorney
The nine Sikh asylum seekers on hunger strike in the El Paso Service Processing Center (EPSPC) have been thrown into solitary confinement after refusing to be force-fed standing up