On January 28 – Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
- Prohibits immigration officials from accessing public records that contain the personal information or photograph of an individual for civil immigration enforcement or criminal immigration enforcement without a judicial warrant
- Prohibits immigration officials from searching databases using facial recognition (digital photographic images) for civil immigration enforcement or criminal immigration enforcement without a judicial warrant
Talking Points Opposing SB 234
- Facial recognition technology and other bio-metric data is regularly used by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers. SB 234 still permits them to continue to access these databases for legitimate law enforcement purposes.
- Only immigration officers are precluded from use or access to facial recognition technology, not any other federal law enforcement
- When time is of the essence, this could mean the difference between catching dangerous criminal aliens or allowing them to remain on the streets
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