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Pulse Poll: ICE access to Maryland MVA records for immigration enforcement

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, an officer watches as immigrants who entered the United States illegally are deported on a flight to El Salvador by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston. Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that states have scanned millions of driver's license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials without the drivers’ knowledge or consent. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, an officer watches as immigrants who entered the United States illegally are deported on a flight to El Salvador by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The revelation that the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have used facial recognition technology to search through driver’s license photos has sparked responses among federal and state lawmakers.

Maryland is one of 13 states that issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have access to information about Maryland driver’s license or identification card holders for law enforcement purposes under state law.

Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk said Maryland’s law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses was never intended to make a registry that could be used by immigration enforcement authorities to target people living in Maryland. She and Del. Charles Sydnor plan to sponsor legislation that would make it harder for the state to turn over driver’s license photos and other data, if not outright prohibit such actions.

This Pulse Poll question asks whether Maryland law should be changed to address this issue.

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