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"States have tried to improve people's lives and people's ability in this country to move around by giving them the ability to drive. But are the states ensuring that it's not used in a way that abuses rights?"

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) added at a hearing last month:

"They've just given access to that to the FBI. No individual signed off on that when they renewed their driver's license, got their driver's licenses. They didn't sign any waiver saying, 'Oh, it's okay to turn my information, my photo, over to the FBI.' No elected officials voted for that to happen."

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), expressing concern over "unfettered access" to facial-recognition data, said:

"No one should have to be thrown into a giant federal facial-recognition surveillance database merely as a condition of driving a car. States that have given federal agencies, including ICE, unfettered access to these records should warn their citizens this is occurring and ensure federal agencies only access these records based on legitimate, narrowly tailored requests."

Moreover, facial-recognition technology has been known to produce "false positives" that can exacerbate racial biases.

But it isn't just ICE and the FBI doing this.

Local police departments are also requesting DMV officials in other states search their databases.

In May a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found "FBI officials cannot be sure they are implementing face recognition capabilities in a manner that protects individuals' privacy."

Now this is being exposed, some municipalities are banningthe use of facial-recognition surveillance technology.

In May, San Francisco, California, became the first to do so.

This is just the latest example of government overreach ICE is guilty of committing.

Since the earliest days of the Trump administration, ICE has rounded up immigrants for minor offenses.

In Queens, New York, ICE even went so far as stalking immigrants in human-trafficking court, something City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said is "a new low in moral depravity."

So New York did something about it.

ICE is now no longer permitted to arrest immigrants inside New York courthouses without producing federal judicial warrants or orders.

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