U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials used facial recognition searches to track immigrants in a Maryland driver's license database, The Washington Post has reported. Without obtaining warrants, agents searching for undocumented residents were allowed to scour some 7 million photos for possible matches. Since 2013, Maryland has issued 275,000 special driving licenses without requiring proof of immigration status, despite federal objections.
What's the issue? The license program was once seen as a victory for undocumented migrants, "but now it’s opened up this vulnerability," one immigration advocate explained.
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