Immigration Reform Hearing: Digitally tracking Immigrants

WASHINGTON, DC – As the Gang of Eight finishes up their hearings about the immigration reform bill in the Senate, there is one topic that has ruffled a little bit of feathers: biometrics.

Biometrics definition: “the measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioral characteristics (as fingerprint or voice patterns) especially as a means of verifying personal identity”-Merriam Websters dictionary.

According to the reform bill those who are here illegally before January 2011 will be able to stay and work toward becoming legal citizens. For some senators they feel allowing 11 million people to work toward it is dangerous without tracking them.

Thus, the emergence of the idea of fingerprinting every foreigner so that the government can track them. More info on biometric debate : http://usat.ly/10mRe1u

Today the Senate is hearing from witnesses who are familiar with the use of biometrics. Listen in: http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-research-and-subcommittee-technology-joint-hearing-current-and-future .

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