Visitor Fingerprinting Expanded

Homeland Security hopes scans of all 10 digits will improve tracking, monitoring
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2008 8:28 PM CDT

Visitors to the US entering through New York's John F. Kennedy airport will have all 10 fingers scanned under a new program of the Department of Homeland Security, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Officials hope the program, called US-VISIT, will allow customs—which currently collects just two prints from non-citizen visitors—to snag entrants with fake documentation or criminal records. 

"We're testing it at multiple locations throughout the US … before we roll it out at all of the ports of entry," said the program's director, who expects full deployment by year's end. DHS hopes the program will help in tracking down visitors who stay after their visa expires, the hardest immigration offenders to regulate. (More fingerprint stories.)

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