More Than 100 Organizations Join to Urge DHS to Provide 60-Day Comment Period to Respond to DHS's Proposed Biometrics Expansion Rule

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September 17, 2020
On Sept. 16, 2020, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., joined by more than 100 organizations, delivered a letter to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, urgently requesting a minimum 60-day comment period for the public to respond to DHS and USCIS’ proposal to drastically expand the private data it collects from immigrants and U.S. citizen sponsors. DHS published its proposed rule on Sept. 11, 2020. The notice outlines the administration’s plan to expand the collection of biometrics to require any applicant, petitioner, sponsor, beneficiary or individual filing or associated with an immigration benefit or request — over six million people annually — to appear for biometrics collection without regard to age, including U.S. citizens. DHS has provided a 30-day public comment period ending on Oct. 13, 2020. Advocates are urging DHS to provide a longer period of time for review and meaningful public feedback on the proposal.