San Antonio Express News: U.S. works to advance entry/exit program

On March 9, 2012 reports:

Ever since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created after 9/11, Texas business leaders along the border have been on edge.

DHS made it plain about eight years ago that it wanted to identify foreigners entering the country in a way that could verify foreigners when they left the United States — so that the government could detect who is overstaying their visas. To achieve that goal, DHS started a program called US-VISIT that compiles information about who enters and when.

DHS has been seeking to expand on that program by verifying foreigner entries and exits with technology using biometrics, either a thumbprint and/or a retina scan.

DHS has long wanted to use the technology at airports, seaports and land ports. But so far, the biometrics part hasn’t materialized. It was too expensive and too unwieldy in practice.  Read more …

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