Skip to content
Feds want to require visitors’...

Feds want to require visitors’ fingerprints when leaving US

By: Magnolia Tribune - April 22, 2008

The Associated Press, 4/22/8

The Bush administration would require commercial airlines and cruise-line operators to collect information such as fingerprints from international travelers and send the information to the Homeland Security Department soon after the travelers leave the country, according to a proposed rule.

The proposal, which will be announced Tuesday, will close a security gap identified after the 9/11 attacks and identify which visitors have overstayed their visas.

Lawmakers, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., have pressed the department to roll out its biometric exit system for more than a year.

“Any uncertainty about who is entering and leaving our country is an unacceptable risk that must be addressed,” Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement Monday.

About the Author(s)
author profile image

Magnolia Tribune

This article was produced by Magnolia Tribune staff.
Previous Story