US Airports Start Fingerprinting Foreign Visitors
U.S. authorities began fingerprinting and photographing international travelers at 115 airports and 14 seaports in an effort to stop terrorists from infiltrating the nation's borders.
The new US-Visit program will fingerprint and photograph about a quarter of travelers who enter the country by air or sea, or about 24 million people annually. The program will be expanded to the 50 busiest U.S. border entries by year's end and to all land entries by the end of 2005.
The key goal of the new system is to confirm that the person presenting the visa is the same person who applied for it at a U.S. embassy overseas.
Advocates for immigrants and civil liberties groups questioned whether the effort would be effective or fair.
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