Ed Note: Our intrepid reporters first discovered plans for the CBP U.S. SOUTHBOUND inspection areas at San Ysidro in June 2011. Your congress critters are busy with the new immigration law and will have more clerks with guns greeting you as you drive southbound into Mexico from San Ysidro to Tijuana. Just imagine the fun of handing over your I.D. southbound and answering to:
“What were you doing in the United States?” “What are you bringing south to Mexico?” “Where are you traveling in Mexico?”
“Would your prefer an iris scan or finger prints?” “TSA massage or X-ray scanner?”
By Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, First Published May 20 2013
Washington » The federal government would start collecting fingerprints from foreigners at the nation’s busiest airports under a plan sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch.
The Senate Judiciary Committee accepted the Utah Republican’s amendment to a broad immigration reform bill Monday, saying it is a financially feasible step toward a universal biometric security system at all land, air and sea port “It is a good proposal, as we all said we would love to move to a biometric system but we have to make sure it works,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who supported Hatch’s plan, characterizing it as a compromise.
It didn’t satisfy some Republicans, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who argue for a biometric exit system at all airports, border crossings and ports within a year or two after the bill becomes law, saying that the cost is just “an excuse.”
The United States now collects fingerprints from foreigners traveling to the country at consulates and embassies, but doesn’t do so when they leave.
The immigration bill, sponsored by four Republicans and four Democrats, would immediately require the government to scan visas and passports for those leaving the nation.
Hatch’s amendment would give the Transportation Security Administration two years to set up the new fingerprint system at the 10 busiest international airports, including those in Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. Then, three years later, Homeland Security would study the effectiveness of the program and, unless Congress acts, the biometric data would extend to another 20 international airports, including Salt Lake City’s.
Those top 10 airports account for 70 percent of the international travel by foreigners, according to 2011 data from the Department of Transportation.
The TSA would collect fingerprints or other biometric data, like an iris scan, only from foreign nationals.