On September 11, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its intention to significantly expand both the number of people required to submit biometrics during routine immigration applications and the types of biometrics that individuals must surrender. This new rule will apply to immigrants and U.S. citizens alike, and to people of all ages, including, for the first time, children under the age of 14. It would nearly double the number of people from whom DHS would collect biometrics each year, to more than six million. The biometrics DHS plans to collect include palm prints, voice prints, iris scans, facial imaging, and even DNA—which are far more invasive than DHS’s current biometric collection of fingerprints, photographs, and signatures.
Living in the United States has meant paying more for worse Internet access than we should. In a truly competitive market, we should have many options for our Internet service provider, high speeds, and universal access. We do not have these things, but a new bill in Congress would put the United States on the path to true universal, high-speed, affordable Internet.
Tell your senators and representative to vote for the Accessible, Affordable Internet for All Act
As we all rely more and more on our Internet access during this crisis, the House of Representatives has passed a relief bill that includes a way to keep people affected by COVID-19 online. Tell your Senators to support the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.