These include fingerprints, photos of citizenship applicants, and iris scans of people detained at the border.
Washington.-President Joe Biden withdrew a proposal made by his predecessor last Friday to expand the amount and type of biometric data collected by U.S. immigration authorities.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) said it will withdraw the proposal submitted for public consultation in September as part of the government’s goal of reducing “inappropriate barriers and burdens” to the immigration system.
The agency said in a statement that the Department of Homeland Security will continue to collect biometric data “where it deems appropriate.” This data includes fingerprints and photos of citizenship applicants, as well as iris scans of detainees at the border.
President Donald Trump’s proposal, if approved, would enable the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to collect other data, such as voice impressions and DNA, from anyone who applies to the United States and their families (including children).
The Trump administration argues that this will help control security, reduce fraud and increase system efficiency, because, for example, people can know the status of their applications with a single voice. The authorities at the time believed that DNA could ensure that the applicant was a member of the same family and therefore would not be kept.
But critics believe that this will add unnecessary steps to the already onerous immigration process and make people reluctant to travel to the United States because of the need for such intrusive data collection.