Lawmaker Proposal Would Fingerprint Foreigners As They Leave U.S.


The Federal government could start fingerprinting all foreign nationals leaving the country at 30 American airports under a new proposal to the planned immigration reform bill.

An amendment to the bill, approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote, would require a number of American airport departure terminals to install high-tech systems for fingerprinting foreign nationals and scanning their passports and visas. The airports — including JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty — would have between two and six years to fully implement the systems under the legislation.

Currently, foreign nationals are fingerprinted only upon entering the United States.

One of the amendment’s proponents, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), said that tracking people only entering — and not leaving — the Nation creates “a hole in the system.”

“Biometric data provides the government with certainty that travelers (and not just their travel documents) have or have not left the country,” the Senator’s office said in a statement.

Lawmakers say that one of the biggest benefits of the new process would be preventing foreigners from overstaying their visas by making sure that they have physically left the country through biometric means. An estimated 40 percent of America’s 11 million illegal aliens arrived in the country with now-expired visas.

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  • bull57

    Boy that covers 5% of the foreigners leaving. Do they have any idea on how to deal with immigration? I can send you my 6 yo grandson to help you if this is the best you can do!

  • Protonius

    Question: How long before this procedure, or perhaps even a broader set of biometric-scans, be required at border-points — or beyond — of American citizens?

    • Sophia Keenesburg

      Why only for foreigners? (tourists) and not see who goes out and in to the USA of their own citizens. Otherwise why fingerprint forgeiners and what do they do with this data? how long are they going to story my fingerprints? (I live in Europe)

      And why not yours?
      Do you have to give of your fingerprints when getting a new US-Passport?

      Most European countries do thubs and your pointingfinger .. if they are not good than the rest too. This is stored ONLY on your passports-chip by the way. NOT in a main computer.

      Why not American citizens and to check where they have been outside the USA. Could well be some training country / area … like the Boston-bombers went to. Allready the country knows of the traveling the people do. They know where you have been. So if you fly to lets say dubai the ‘big government’ knows this. and a lot more about you as a person cause you are using most of the time plastic money. (Americans do I ment = like going for a coffee and paying that $1,50 with their creditcard)

      It is actually a bit scary what ‘they’ allready know about you.
      Did you know data also is being sold to companies, like the data from your local shoppingdiscountcard.
      Anno 2013 it is all about gathering data and making profiles.

  • Michael Shreve

    It DOES seem we should get them coming AND going.