The New York Daily News reports:
Gov. Cuomo said he and other governors received a request from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to provide the feds with “ID numbers” for all COVID-19 patients once a vaccine is approved and distribution begins.
Such personal data can be retrieved from passports, driver’s licenses or Social Security cards, posing a problem for immigrants without legal status, Cuomo warned.
“Why would you possibly need a person’s driver’s license number or Social Security number or passport number before they receive a vaccine? Why? There is no legitimate health reason,” the governor said during a call with reporters.
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The Trump administration is trying to use its COVID-19 vaccine program as a backdoor for deporting immigrants, Cuomo says.
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