Fingerprints proposed for foreign travelers
May 21, 2013
A plan to require foreigners to be fingerprinted when they depart the nation’s 10 busiest airports should be in place within two years, a Senate committee agreed Monday. (USA Today)
The proposal by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) faces additional action in the Upper House, but is a compromise measure adopted with bipartisan support.
Under provisions of the proposal, the Department of Homeland Security would be required to develop and implement what is called a “biometric system” to pinpoint foreign visitors who have overstayed their visas. About 40 percent of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants now in the U.S. fit in this category.
First airports to be covered by the action would be Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., increasing that number of airports to 30 within six years. Sea and land ports would be added within six years.
The bill is part of sweeping immigration legislation now being debated in Congress.