Utah Hispanic Legislative Caucus Concerned with Potential Breach of Trust with State DLD Database 

For Immediate Release:
July 8, 2019
 

Contact:         
Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(385) 228-5483 | rosschambless@le.utah.gov

 

Utah Hispanic Legislative Caucus Concerned with Potential Breach of Trust with State DMV Database 

SALT LAKE CITY – Rep. Mark Wheatley (D-District 35), and Chair of the Utah Hispanic Legislative Caucus has the following statement:

“On behalf of the Utah Hispanic Legislative Caucus, I am concerned with the recent news about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other federal law enforcement agencies having increased access to the database for the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Driver License Division (DLD). No one registers for a driver license or state identification card with the belief that this information could be used against them. This is a potential breach of trust that should concern every single Utah citizen.  In addition, this story has already exacerbated fears within our immigrant and non-white communities. For years the Utah Legislature has made clear that federal access to our DLD records is only permitted on a limited basis. To allow ICE and other federal law enforcement wide access without legislative approval is a dangerous misstep that does not allow elected officials a chance to represent their constituents.” 

Rep. Angela Romero and Sen. Luz Escamilla are also members of the state Hispanic Legislative Caucus. Rep. Wheatley, Rep. Romero, and Sen. Escamilla are also members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL).  

 

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