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Immigration Reform Needed, But Not at This Cost

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June 19, 2007

ACLU legislative director Caroline Fredrickson blogged on the soon-to-be-revived immigration bill in the Senate. Among the bill’s many shortcomings is the Real ID provision. (Sixteen states and numerous organizations have already rejected the Real ID Act.) In The Huffington Post, Caroline writes:

By placing personally identifiable information in databases accessible to countless individuals across the country, Real ID makes this information more vulnerable to misuse and identity theft. The machine-readable component will make it easy for businesses and hackers to snap up our personal information, turning Real ID into a one-stop shopping mall for identity thieves.

Caroline also discusses the amendments to the bill the ACLU supports: ones that protect our privacy and block attempts to create a national ID.

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