December 22, 2003
Homeland Security Fingerprint Plan

The Department of Homeland Security announced today that all visitors to the US will be photographed and fingerprinted.

On December 31, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be implementing its 'US-VISIT' programme to enable it to effectively track visitors to the country.

Officially stated, the programme will enable the U.S. Government to more accurately verify the identity of incoming visitors and confirm compliance with visa and immigration policies, thus enhancing its entry and exit system.

"As part of US-VISIT, most visitors who require a visa will eventually need to verify their departure," the DHS states. "The US-VISIT system is being designed to make this check-out process easy by planning the placement of automated self-service workstations in the international departure areas of airports and seaports. By scanning travel documents and capturing fingerprints on ... (an) inkless device, the system is intended to validate the visitors' identity, verify their departure, and confirm their compliance with U.S. immigration policy.

Posted by tstubbs at December 22, 2003 06:59 PM
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