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Why the US move to collect an array of biometric data from those seeking American citizenship is worrying immigrant hopefuls

The Trump Administration has proposed new rules widening the collection of biometric data from immigrants to include employer and family member sponsors—and to include DNA, iris scans, and voice and palm prints (beyond the usual fingerprints, photos, and signatures).

Furthermore, the proposed rules would call for this data to be stored even after an immigrant becomes a citizen. Currently (as of September 2020) the new rules are up for comment in the US, but should they become law, many believe that they pose grave threats to the privacy of immigrants, employers, and US citizens.

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LCR expects the program to be reauthorized in February 2022, and continues to work with international families that want to explore alternative residency options.

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