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Foreign Visitors to U.S. enter Digital tracking


My take is that the real-time entry process of inkless fingerprinting of the right and left index fingers with an immediate digital photograph generated to compare against watch lists will partially solve the name translation issue of non-romance language names -- such as Arabic -- that have proliferated in many federal databases drawn from US research and data provided by foreign governments. Arabic names are also much more complex than romance names and so increase the likelihood that misspellings will proliferate around a given individual. If we have valid prints (and that is a security issue in and of itself), we can tie them to the individual regardless of the name and spelling on the passport.

"The information will be instantaneously compared with government security databases and watch lists. If there is no match to a suspicious or wanted person, the traveler will be allowed to proceed. If any alerts are raised by the database check, the traveler will have to step aside for further questions.

Arrival and departure information would then be automatically reconciled, a big improvement over the current system that involves paper records. The government expects to dramatically reduce the number of foreigners who overstay their visas. Overstays account for about a third of the estimated 10 million illegal immigrants in the U.S."

This digital inventory control system called US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) used by US US immigration to track foreign nationals with visas entering the US at certain air and seaports is going to have to be vastly easier and faster to use when the vehicle and pedistrian crossings begin to use the system:

Foreign Visitors to U.S. Will Cross Digital Divide
Starting today at major hubs, travelers will be scanned. Some expect delays and loopholes.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Times 5 Jan 2004

Gordon Housworth

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