Panel Video: Biometrics in Immigration

Promoting National Security and Community Safety

By Jessica M. Vaughan, Dan Cadman, and Bryan Griffith on October 14, 2020


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Biometrics in Immigration: Promoting National Security and Community Safety

Event Summary

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a conversation on October 12 highlighting the Center’s new report on the value of biometrics in immigration enforcement and how that relates to national security and public safety. The starting point for conversation was the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed regulations on the collection and retention of various forms of biometric data.


Jessica Vaughan
Director of Policy Studies
Center for Immigration Studies

Dan Cadman
Center for Immigration Studies

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Panel Clips

What are Biometrics?


Why are Biometrics Important to Immigration Enforcement?




What Are the New DHS Biometrics Regulations?


What Are the Flaws of the New DHS Biometrics Regulations?


DNA Should Be Used to Prevent Familial Fraud


Border Patrol Embarrassed into Sharing Fingerprints