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.
Two of the #ElPaso9 Hunger Strikers Have Been Released. But 3 Have Been Deported, 4 Remain in Detention.
Two of the #ElPaso9 hunger strikers, were released from the Otero County Processing Center last week. The men endured verbal and physical abuse including force feeding during their hunger strike.
Immigration Advocates Warn of Physical and Mental Harm to Hunger Strikers in El Paso Detention Facility
The “El Paso 9” have been subjected to brutal force-feedings, mistreatment and retaliatory actions by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and private contractors following their hunger strike, which began in late December 2018.
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.