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  • Senate Bill Aimed at Curbing Visa Overstays for Immigrants

    05/19/2013 11:52:07 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | By William La Jeunesse
    Published April 29, 2013 FoxNews.com WASHINGTON – SNIPPET: "On multiple occasions, first after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and again after 9/11, Congress mandated that immigration officials come up with a verifiable entry-exit system to track foreign visitors. To date, the Department of Homeland Security has failed, despite spending billions in tax dollars. The current system, known as USVISIT, does take fingerprints and photos of international visitors when they arrive at U.S. airports, but it has no similar biometric exit system. The goal is to match entry and exit records to determine which individuals comply with their visa and...
  • US-VISIT About to be Another Obama Casualty

    03/04/2012 5:55:52 PM PST · by YourAdHere · 4 replies
    US-VISIT About to Be Another Obama Casualty March 2nd, 2012 - by Janice Kephart As the Obama administration continues to try to convince the American people they are securing the borders, their most recent budget request makes clear that “Amnesty by Any Means” remains the consistent mission. The latest installment is buried in the president’s homeland security budget, which includes provisions dotted throughout that, put together, would result in the dismantling of arguably the best border-related program that exists in federal government, US-VISIT, burying its capabilities in two of the most politicized of all government agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
  • Secure Communities now activated in all Virginia counties(Not illegal to be illegal;)

    06/21/2010 2:22:07 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ^ | June 21, 2010 | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    Secure Communities strategy prioritizes immigration enforcement actions against convicted criminal aliens RICHMOND, Va.- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Secure Communities was activated as of last week in every county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This biometric information sharing strategy enables ICE to identify any alien booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime. This capability is part of ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of criminal aliens from the United States. Formerly, during the booking process, arrestees' fingerprints were checked for criminal history information only against the biometric database maintained by the...
  • ‘Enforcement First’ Doesn’t Stop at the Border

    07/29/2008 9:53:55 PM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 5 replies · 191+ views
    NRO ^ | 29 Jul 08 | Bill West & Andrew C. McCarthy
    US VISIT needs fixing — an opportunity for McCain. Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential hopeful, says he has learned his lesson on immigration. His vision of a “comprehensive reform” in which at least some illegal aliens would be rewarded with legal status must, he now knows, await major deposits in the credibility bank by a government Americans do not trust to enforce the law. He says it’s time to get serious, and that the way to do that is “Border Enforcement First.” Unfortunately, that’s not very serious. Long before September 11, 2001, the government well knew that smuggling across...
  • Pope to address U.S. Catholic educators during April visit

    02/16/2008 5:05:23 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 75+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | February 16, 2008 | Carol Zimmermann
    The fact that he is taking time during a limited visit to meet with them, she said, is a "very strong statement about how important Catholic education is." WASHINGTON (CNS) - When Pope Benedict XVI comes to Washington this spring, he will deliver a one-hour address on Catholic education April 17 to presidents of U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and Catholic school superintendents from every U.S. diocese and archdiocese. The gathering will take place on the campus of The Catholic University of America. This will not be the first time a pope has visited the university established in 1887 by...
  • Border plan to take years to implement

    12/15/2006 10:20:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 843+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/06 | Beverley Lumpkin - ap
    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security officials believe it will take five to 10 years to develop the technology needed to implement the exit portion of a border security plan without major disruptions, according to congressional investigators. In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office concluded that the entry portion of the Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology program, known as US-VISIT, has been installed at most of the nation's land borders with minimal disruption. The entry portion of the program includes biometric features such as digital scans of fingerprints to identify foreign visitors to the U.S. Congress required the program...
  • North Korean leader takes new wife(long-time secretary of Chia Head)

    07/23/2006 2:57:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 1,123+ views
    AFP ^ | 07/23/06
    North Korean leader takes new wife 2 hours, 53 minutes ago North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has taken a musician-turned-secretary as his new wife after his former spouse died of cancer two years ago. Kim Ok, 42, lived with the reclusive North Korean leader who turned 64 in February after serving as his private secretary, Seoul's Yonhap news agency said quoting an unnamed government source. "She is virtually North Korea's first lady," said the source who Yonhap called a Seoul government source privy to information on Kim Jong-Il's family Kim Ok, a piano major at Pyongyang University of Music and...
  • PM urges US action

    05/15/2006 4:43:29 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 487+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 16 May 2006
    (AUSTRALIA'S) PRIME Minister John Howard has urged the United States to become more involved in international affairs, saying it is the only way to ensure world peace. Mr Howard made the plea to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during an official lunch at the State Department in Washington, a day after a private dinner with President George W. Bush. The prime minister has powered through a series of meetings with senior US officials, including Ms Rice, Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and the new chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. Ms Rice opened the lunch...
  • Modernizing America's Welcome Mat The Implementation of US-VISIT - a high-tech Potemkin Village?

    08/08/2005 11:10:53 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 7 replies · 367+ views
      Modernizing America's Welcome Mat The Implementation of US-VISIT August 2005By Jessica M. VaughanUS-VISIT, the new biometrics-based border inspections program, has proven its value in enhancing U.S. security; so far enabling border and consular officials to intercept the entry of thousands of terrorists, criminals, and other ineligible foreign visitors. But the administration’s decision to exempt most Mexicans and Canadians from screening, despite well-documented problems in regulating the entry and exit of these visitors, along with foot-dragging in making use of the exit-recording capability, severely undermines the program and risks transforming this potentially critical national security tool into a high-tech...
  • U.S. to track foreigners at border posts

    07/27/2005 6:01:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 397+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/05 | Beth Duff-Brown - AP
    TORONTO - A U.S. security official said Wednesday it will use wireless technology at five border posts with Canada and Mexico to track foreigners driving in and out of the United States. Bob Mocny of the Department of Homeland Security said wireless chips for vehicles would become mandatory at designated border crossings in Canada and Mexico as of Aug. 4. Border authorities will provide a chip that drivers will put on the dashboard of vehicles. Antennas have been installed at the border crossings at Thousand Islands Bridge in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., and Blaine, Wash. crossings for the Pacific Highway and...
  • Foreigners enter U.S. unchecked

    03/23/2005 1:03:07 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 22, 2005 | By Shaun Waterman
    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Fewer than 3 percent of foreigners legally entering the United States by land are checked against watch lists of terror suspects, a report from the homeland security inspector general says. The report comes on the eve of President Bush's summit with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, raising concerns about the national security risks posed by porous U.S. borders. The Department of Homeland Security began last year to implement its US-VISIT program at land ports of entry. The program biometrically verifies the identity of foreign visitors by taking inkless fingerprints and enables visitors' names to be checked...
  • National ID cards on the way?

    02/17/2005 4:37:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 957+ views
    News.com ^ | February 14, 2005 | Declan McCullagh
    A recent vote in Congress endorsing standardized, electronically readable driver's licenses has raised fears about whether the proposal would usher in what amounts to a national ID card. In a vote that largely divided along party lines, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a Republican-backed measure that would compel states to design their driver's licenses by 2008 to comply with federal antiterrorist standards. Federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to everything from airplanes to national parks and some courthouses. The congressional maneuvering takes place as governments are growing more interested...
  • Fact Sheet: US-VISIT (YOUR FINGER, PLEASE )

    09/29/2004 6:47:16 AM PDT · by traumer · 1 replies · 247+ views
    Homeland Security ^ | September 27, 2004
    US-VISIT is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security because it enhances security for our citizens and visitors while facilitating legitimate travel and trade across our borders. US-VISIT helps to secure our borders, facilitate the entry and exit process, and enhance the integrity of our immigration system while respecting the privacy of our visitors. US-VISIT is part of a continuum of security measures that begins overseas and continues through a visitor’s arrival in and departure from the United States. It incorporates eligibility determinations made by both the Departments of Homeland Security and State. In those cases where...
  • Accenture Wins Nod As Prime Contractor For US-Visit

    06/07/2004 11:44:30 AM PDT · by NormalGuy · 430 replies · 509+ views
    Informationweek.com ^ | 6/1/2004 | Eric Chabrow
    could be worth as much as $10 billion. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it has picked Accenture as the prime contractor for US-Visit, an IT-based system that will control entry of foreigners into the country. The five-year contract, which could be lengthened to 10 years, could be worth up to $10 billion. Some people questioned whether the U.S. government would award Accenture the contract because it's incorporated in Hamilton, Bermuda. But only a handful of employees are situated there; 25,000 of Accenture's 90,000 workers are based in the United States. Accenture, with operations in 48 countries, says it...
  • Action Alert: ACCENTURE is awarded U.S. CONTRACT FOR BORDERS (Foreign Corporation!)

    06/02/2004 5:19:18 PM PDT · by ETERNAL WARMING · 99 replies · 668+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 2, 2004 | Eric Lichtblau & John Markoff
    NEW YORK TIMES, June 2, 2004 Accenture Is Awarded U.S. Contract for Borders By ERIC LICHTBLAU and JOHN MARKOFF WASHINGTON, June 1 - The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday named Accenture as the prime contractor for a multibillion-dollar project aimed at creating a "virtual border" around the country to head off would-be terrorists entering the United States. Asa Hutchinson, the under secretary in charge of border security, said the project, called U.S.-Visit was "a significant milestone in the history of the department" and in the bolstering of border security since the Sept. 11 attacks. "I really don't think you...
  • Iraqi Spring Offensive Hijacked by Iran Forces Reshuffle of US Middle East Cards (Debka)

    04/13/2004 2:37:45 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 2 replies · 156+ views
    DEBKAfile ^ | April 13, 2004
    US president George W. Bush’s appointment book for the remainder of April reflects a Middle East without Iraq. Two days after seeing Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak in Crawford on Monday, April 12, he meets Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon in Washington and Abdullah King of Jordan on Friday, April 21. No Iraqi leader joins the procession of Middle East visitors because no suitable prime minister for the new federal republic of Iraq is so far visible. Although Bush would have preferred to devote the week to the crisis besetting Iraq, he cannot cancel visits that were scheduled before the April...
  • U.S. to Extend Fingerprinting to Europeans, Japanese

    04/02/2004 1:45:07 PM PST · by knighthawk · 25 replies · 217+ views
    Bloomberg ^ | April 02 2004 | Paul Basken
    <p>April 2 (Bloomberg) -- Travelers from western European nations and Japan will be added in September to the list of foreign visitors fingerprinted and photographed upon arrival in the U.S., the State Department said.</p> <p>The extension is designed to address security concerns stemming from a U.S. agreement last month to delay for two years a new passport requirement for visitors from 27 countries, mostly in Europe, who are allowed to enter the U.S. without visas, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said.</p>
  • Visa Program Angers Allies

    03/09/2004 7:03:20 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 100+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-9-04 | Peter Brownfeld
    <p>WASHINGTON — Some American allies are expressing anger at the uneven treatment that their citizens are getting when they visit the United States, while Europeans from nations with longer, but now more strained ties to America get no additional scrutiny at the border.</p>
  • Bush Backs off Fingerprinting Plan for Mexican Visitors

    03/06/2004 1:24:44 PM PST · by scarletletter · 27 replies · 113+ views
    AP News ^ | 03/06/2004 | Scott Lindlaw
    CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - President Bush on Saturday backed off a plan to require frequent Mexico-U.S. travelers to be fingerprinted and photographed before crossing the border, a reversal welcomed by Mexican President Vicente Fox. "We welcome the news that was confirmed today with regard to visitors to the U.S. from Mexico," Fox said at a news conference with Bush at the American president's ranch. "They will not have to be photographed or fingerprinted." Fox alluded to another agreement to speed migration - a deal to issue special visas through the North American Free Trade Agreement to allow professionals to move...
  • Immigration laws top Fox agenda

    03/05/2004 10:54:16 PM PST · by yonif · 7 replies · 168+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March 06, 2004 | James G. Lakely
    <p>CRAWFORD, Texas -- Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived at the "Western White House" last night to press his case for looser immigration laws to a leader largely powerless to enact them this year.</p> <p>President Bush continues to push his immigration reform plan that would allow at least 8 million illegal aliens currently working in the United States to keep their jobs and open the door for millions more to follow.</p>
  • UK travel to US: Hi-tech visa set to combat terrorism

    03/06/2004 8:37:47 AM PST · by knighthawk · 7 replies · 197+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | March 06 2004
    A hi-tech visa is to be introduced for travel from Britain to the United States to combat terrorism. Tens of thousands of Britons planning to travel to the States from the autumn, for business or holiday, will have to be fingerprinted. An estimated 250,000 will need to apply for the so-called biometric visa. However, there are warnings from the US Embassy that it may not have enough staff to supply them and the tourist industry has warned of cancelled holidays. The biometric visas are being introduced because the US has ruled that anyone entering the country must have electronic ID,...
  • Report: White House to back off of border control plan

    03/04/2004 11:51:44 PM PST · by JustPiper · 115 replies · 266+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-4-04 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration backed off plans to require that millions of visa-carrying Mexicans who make short visits to America and stay close to the border be fingerprinted and photographed to get into the country.</p> <p>Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security department's undersecretary for border and transportation, was to publicly announce the policy change at a Capitol Hill hearing Thursday, a congressional official who was briefed on the plan told The Associated Press.</p>
  • Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Lists Accomplishments

    02/25/2004 2:13:09 PM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 190+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb. 25, 2004 | By Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
    "Our enemies are not idle, and neither are we," said Homeland Security Deputy Secretary James Loy today, echoing the words of President Bush. Although the president used those words to challenge terrorists, they might also describe the flurry of activity at the Department of Homeland Security, which has worked to achieve better security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy and introduced several new security initiatives. Loy, speaker at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Homeland Security Conference here, said DHS has made "great strides" over the past year and yielded a "pretty impressive" record of accomplishments....
  • Brazil's beefs / A toughened stance by the giant to the south

    01/31/2004 11:58:59 AM PST · by Willie Green · 6 replies · 115+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, January 31, 2004 | Editorial
    <p>Brazil, weighing in with a population of 179 million and an area larger than the United States minus Alaska, is capable of standing up to America on the global playing field. It has been doing so recently on a number of issues.</p>
  • Poland angered at US failure to waive visas

    01/29/2004 10:04:21 PM PST · by Destro · 59 replies · 552+ views
    ft.com ^ | January 28 2004 4:00 | Last Updated: January 28 2004 4:00 | Edward Alden in Washington and Jan Cienski in Warsaw
    Poland angered at US failure to waive visas By Edward Alden in Washington and Jan Cienski in Warsaw Published: January 28 2004 4:00 | Last Updated: January 28 2004 4:00 Washington and Warsaw clashed yesterday over Polish demands that its citizens be granted visa-free travel to the US as a reward for its staunch support of the US war against Iraq. In a joint appearance with President George W. Bush following an Oval office meeting, Aleksander Kwasniewski, Poland's president, pressed Mr Bush to remove the visa requirements, saying repeatedly "that is the future, that is the future." But a visibly...
  • Kwasniewski to press Bush on visa rules

    01/27/2004 1:16:21 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 30 replies · 153+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 27, 2004 | By Bruce I. Konviser
    <p>WARSAW -- What was conceived as a feel-good meeting between Iraq-war allies has become much more serious because of new U.S. visa rules requiring visitors to be photographed and fingerprinted.</p> <p>Analysts say the United States will lose perhaps its best friend in Europe if Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski is unable to win relief from the policy when he meets President Bush at the White House today.</p>
  • TO THE ENGLISH, AMERICA IS A DANGEROUS PLACE NOW

    01/18/2004 4:47:11 PM PST · by Marianne · 66 replies · 206+ views
    The Buffalo News/Baltimore Sun ^ | January 18, 2004 | Todd Richissin
    <p>LONDON - Not so long ago, when the world seemed a safer place, Britons such as Julia and Paul Chattenton would hop on a plane to the United States with little concern beyond how awful the meal would be and whether the flight would be delayed.</p>
  • Poles feel pushed around by fingerprinting rule

    01/16/2004 7:43:48 AM PST · by knighthawk · 19 replies · 228+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 16 2004 | TOM MCNAMEE
    Poke around the Polish bakeries, liquor stores and beauty shops of Milwaukee Avenue all you want. Chances are, you won't find a terrorist. You'll find a kid with an expired student visa who sleeps on his cousin's couch all day. She tells him to get a job or go home. You'll find a waitress who's afraid of getting caught for not reporting all of her tips on her 1040-EZ form. As if there's a waitress in town who does. But a terrorist? Not unless you mean the occasional building inspector. "I always dreamed about coming to this country," said Joseph...
  • U.S. Pilot Detained in Brazil in Fingerprint Spat

    01/14/2004 4:37:17 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 20 replies · 171+ views
    Al-Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 1/14/04 | Todd Benson
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Sao Paulo International Airport on Wednesday after making an obscene gesture while being photographed by Brazilian (news - web sites) immigration officers, police said. The pilot, identified as Dale Robin Hirsch, raised his middle finger at police to protest new Brazilian security measures that require U.S. citizens to be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering the South American country. Brazil implemented the policy on Jan. 1 in retaliation for a similar U.S. program that requires those foreign visitors who need visas to have their fingerprints and pictures taken on...
  • U.S. plays world bully with airline measures

    01/14/2004 10:08:32 AM PST · by NorCoGOP · 53 replies · 323+ views
    Daily Bruin (U. California-Los Angeles) ^ | 1/13/04 | Rosamund de Sybel
    LOS ANGELES -- Last Friday I was again reminded of how visiting the United States has begun to resemble entering a police-state. As I waited in line to check my bags at Heathrow Airport, a couple behind me joked about playing the "spot-the-sky-marshal" game. Like many others, I find the concept of plainclothes, gun-carrying officers aboard aircrafts more alarming than reassuring. And my anxiety is further compounded by the fact that, due to U.S. pressure, government ministers in Britain and other countries have rushed into plans for American-style sky marshals policing their airports and flights. The unilateralist U.S. administration is...
  • Warsaw Mayor Cancels U.S. Trip Over Fingerprinting

    01/13/2004 1:57:24 PM PST · by knighthawk · 140 replies · 241+ views
    Reuters ^ | January 13 2004
    WARSAW (Reuters) - The mayor of Warsaw said on Tuesday he would cancel a visit to the United States in protest at the U.S. policy of fingerprinting visitors as part of new anti-terror measures. Lech Kaczynski, a former anti-communist activist who now leads a major right-wing party, was supposed to pay a visit in April to Chicago and New York, both home to large Polish communities. "I will go only when there will be no need for taking pictures and fingerprinting," Kaczynski told reporters. Poland had hoped that as a reward for its help in the war to topple Iraqi...
  • Security Rules Create Furor Abroad

    01/11/2004 7:45:09 AM PST · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 112+ views
    Newsday ^ | January 11, 2004 | Letta Tayler
    Mexico City - Mexicans are protesting the loss of sovereignty. Swedes and other Europeans are digging in their heels. And Brazil's government reportedly is set to strengthen retaliatory restrictions on U.S. travelers. The Bush administration's new counterterrorism measures for foreign airliners and tourists entering the United States are creating a furor in many places abroad. Some political analysts warn the directives, which mark the first time a country has sought to unilaterally impose security rules on other nations, could further tarnish Washington's image among allies already testy over the White House's insistence that they support the war on Iraq
  • Poland objects to US visa requirements

    01/10/2004 9:23:16 AM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 200+ views
    Dawn ^ | January 09 2004 | AFP
    WARSAW, Jan 9: Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski hit out on Friday at US visa requirements for Polish citizens, raising the tone on an issue blotting a blossoming relationship between the two allies in Iraq. Speaking in an interview on Polish radio two weeks before crossing the Atlantic for political consultations with US President George Bush, scheduled for Jan 26, Mr Kwasniewski said the visa requirements were "inexplicable" and "frustrating". "For Polish public opinion it is inexplicable why a partner, an ally, which takes part, shoulder to shoulder, in a very high risk mission in Iraq has visa problems and is...
  • US screening nets 30 criminals

    US screening nets 30 criminals From correspondents in Paris January 10, 2004 AMERICA'S controversial foreign visitor screening program has nabbed 30 criminals in its first three days of operation, an official said yesterday. At the same time, European police pressed their hunt for a suspect who failed to turn up for an Air France flight to Los Angeles on Christmas Eve. An Afghan national named only by French security officials as Abdulaye had been booked on the first of the cancelled flights from Paris, but he never checked in. French authorities confirmed the man was being sought but said it...
  • Homeland security official defends tough checks

    01/08/2004 10:29:20 PM PST · by kattracks · 94+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/09/04 | Shaun Waterman, UPI
    <p>A senior homeland security official yesterday defended tough new security measures affecting planes and people coming to the United States, in the face of concern that the measures might be an overreaction that will hurt the country's image.</p> <p>"Any time you have change there's a lot of questions that are asked," said Asa Hutchinson, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for border and transportation security. "We're working very hard to get the message out that these measures do not change the historic nature of America as a welcoming country."</p>
  • VISIT-ing the U.S. / Defend the Homeland--Or Lose It

    01/08/2004 7:00:14 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 94+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | January/February 2003 | Newt Gingrich
    Last Monday, January 5, marked the beginning of the US VISIT program, which seeks to fingerprint and photograph foreigners from all but 28 countries on their way into the United States. Officials in the Department of Homeland Security maintains that the new program will increase the government's ability to identify more precisely who is entering and exiting the country, and that fingerprinting and photographing travelers will decrease the ability of terrorists and other criminals to use passports other than their own. Critics of the program claim that the information could be used for purposes beyond the scope of the program,...
  • New anti-terror program contains hidden loophole

    01/08/2004 7:52:38 AM PST · by sarcasm · 3 replies · 88+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 8, 2004 | Paul Sperry
    In rolling out the new US-VISIT program to fingerprint and screen foreign travelers, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge boasted that it ''pulls the welcome mat from terrorists.'' But not all the way or all the time, as it turns out. A high-level memorandum from his department orders customs agents to stop fingerprinting as many travelers as needed to reduce ''delays and wait times'' caused by the the new program, which went into effect Monday at all 115 American airports that handle international flights. The fine print of the the new antiterror plan reveals a "wait time mitigation strategy'' that requires...
  • Israelis patient with US fingerprinting

    01/08/2004 12:14:39 AM PST · by klpt · 8 replies · 134+ views
    JPost ^ | Jan. 8, 2004 | MELISSA RADLER
    Israelis were among the thousands of international travelers fingerprinted and photographed at US airports this week in a new effort to halt terrorism. Like most foreign visitors who arrived this week at 115 airports and 14 cruise-ship ports participating in the US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program, Israelis who landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday from Tel Aviv said the new process is an understandable response to terrorist threats. "If it's good for security, it's okay," said Momi Kedem, who described the process of placing his index finger on a biometric scanner as quick...
  • Immigrant tracking system launched amid skepticism

    01/06/2004 6:13:10 AM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 1 replies · 105+ views
    govexec.com ^ | January 5, 2004 | Chris Strohm
    A new immigration tracking system went into effect Monday amid doubts that it would work as advertised and concerns that it might infringe on the rights of immigrants. The Homeland Security Department launched the first phase of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US VISIT) program at 115 airports and cruise ship terminals at 14 seaports Monday. By law, visitors with nonimmigrant visas are now required to give biographic, travel and biometric information before entering the country. Biometric information consists of a digital photo and two fingerprint scans, which are entered into a database and compared to terrorist...
  • THUMBS-UP FOR JFK's FOREIGNER FINGER SCANS

    01/06/2004 1:58:15 AM PST · by kattracks · 14 replies · 189+ views
    New York Post ^ | 1/06/04 | NILES LATHEM and HEATHER GILMORE
    <p>January 6, 2004 -- The United States launched a new program that scans fingerprints and takes photographs of millions of foreign visitors at Kennedy and other airports yesterday, hoping the high-tech measures will help prevent terrorists from entering the country. The $368 million identity-check program - called US-VISIT, or U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology - started smoothly at Kennedy as foreign arrivals told The Post they found the process relatively hassle-free and a small price to pay in times of terrorist threats.</p>
  • U.S. requires fingerprints, photos from foreign visitors

    01/05/2004 10:57:08 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, January 6, 2004 | Audrey Hudson and S.A. Miller
    <p>Karen Moscrop is not a criminal, but the British citizen still was electronically fingerprinted and digitally photographed when she arrived yesterday at Washington Dulles International Airport.</p> <p>"It felt odd," said Mrs. Moscrop, who lives in Hyattsville with her husband. But she described the experience upon her return from London as "very easy, very unobtrusive."</p>
  • FINGERPRINTING: Angering some, others understand

    01/05/2004 11:59:55 PM PST · by kattracks · 15 replies · 150+ views
    Union Leader ^ | 1/06/04 | MORGAN LEE , AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Travelers criticized a new U.S. policy of photographing and fingerprinting foreign visitors as heavy-handed, but some voiced grudging acceptance Monday of the need for tighter security. Officials began scanning fingerprints and taking photographs of foreigners arriving at U.S. airports Monday as part of a new program to keep out terrorists. In retaliation, Brazil's Foreign Ministry started fingerprinting and photographing arriving Americans last week. U.S. citizens waited for hours Monday to be photographed and fingerprinted at Rio's international airport. "As far as reciprocity, Brazil has every right to do this," said Claire Fallender, a 27-year-old American...
  • US to fingerprint millions of foreign visitors

    01/05/2004 6:44:23 PM PST · by Pikamax · 8 replies · 158+ views
    Guardian ^ | 01/06/04 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    US to fingerprint millions of foreign visitors Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Tuesday January 6, 2004 The Guardian The well turned out woman in trench coat and silky scarf stomped off the plane from Tokyo and headed for home in the suburbs of Virginia. "It was too bad," said Mrs Suzuki, the discomfort of a 12-hour flight compounded by the indignities of the new security measures on arrival. "I felt like I was being treated like a criminal." Yesterday was the first day of rigorous security measures that will require most visitors to the US to be fingerprinted and photographed on...
  • US introduces new security checks (Most foreigners will be fingerprinted and photo taken.)

    01/05/2004 12:14:54 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 32 replies · 223+ views
    US introduces new security checks The fingerprints of 24 million visitors will be checked each year New US security regulations have come into force that will see most foreign visitors having their photographs and fingerprints taken. The rules apply to all those requiring visas to enter the United States. Those arriving under the visa waiver programme - which includes many European nations, Japan and Australia - are not affected. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the US aimed to be "open to visitors but closed to terrorists". All 115 US airports that handle international flights and 14 major seaports...
  • Foreign Journalists Decry Forced Fingerprinting

    01/05/2004 4:55:11 PM PST · by sarcasm · 30 replies · 143+ views
    Pacific News Service ^ | January 5, 2004 | Paolo Pontoniere
    Among European foreign correspondents based in the United States there is an uproar. Returning from their homelands after their end-of-the-year vacations, for the first time in history many had the unsavory experience of being asked at the border to provide their fingerprints and their pictures. Most European countries are among the 28 nations whose citizens are theoretically exempted by the Homeland Security Department from having to comply with U.S.-VISIT, the just-introduced program of finger-scanning and photographing foreign nationals coming to the United States. When going through customs at John F. Kennedy airport in New York, Enrico Pedemonte, U.S. correspondent for...
  • Nations Exempt from U.S. Fingerprinting Rule

    01/05/2004 4:02:24 PM PST · by fatso · 16 replies · 224+ views
    http://www.news.scotsman.com ^ | 01/05/04 | www.news.scotsman.com
    Nations Exempt from U.S. Fingerprinting Rule Citizens from 27 countries can travel to the United States without a visa and are exempt from being fingerprinted and photographed at US airports and seaports under a new anti-terrorism programme the Homeland Security Department launched today. Those foreigners can enter the United States with passports for business or pleasure for up to 90 days. To travel for other purposes or to stay longer, they must have a visa and would be subject to the checks for other arriving foreigners under the new US-VISIT program. The countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark,...
  • Racist Bush exports US tyranny (fingerprinting “worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis”)

    01/05/2004 10:16:41 AM PST · by dead · 54 replies · 230+ views
    Vanguard (Lagos, Nigeria) ^ | Monday, January 05, 2004
    ACCORDING to a news story, from January 5, 2004, travellers from all countries which need a visa to enter the United States will be finger-printed before being allowed into the country. This is a treatment that the US administers to its own citizens only if they are accused of serious crimes, not to innocent citizens. Only 27 countries, mostly Western nations populated by the white races and Japanese, are excluded. The rest of the world, which accounts for almost 80 per cent of the global population and including mostly non-whites will be subjected to what a Brazilian judge has described...
  • U.S. Begins Foreign Visitor-Tracking Program

    01/05/2004 6:23:43 AM PST · by TonyRo76 · 40 replies · 151+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1•5•04
    <p>WASHINGTON — Foreigners entering the United States through airports and seaports began getting their fingerprints scanned and photographs taken Monday as part of a new U.S. initiative to protect the homeland from terrorists.</p> <p>The Homeland Security Department (search) ordered U.S. airports and seaports to fingerprint and photograph foreigners from all but 28 nations as part of US-VISIT (search), or U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology. The program will check an estimated 24 million foreigners each year traveling on tourist, business and student visas who enter through an airport or seaport.</p>
  • Immigration inspectors under the gun at airports

    01/05/2004 3:24:20 AM PST · by JustPiper · 2 replies · 137+ views
    WND ^ | 1-5-04 | Paul Sperry
    HOMELAND INSECURITY -Immigration inspectors under the gun at airports Ordered to clear planes of passengers in under 1 hour despite terror threats WASHINGTON – U.S. immigration inspectors, who are the first line of defense against foreign terrorists entering the country, are being asked to do more in less time and with less money – even as the country remains on high terror alert – several U.S. officials complained. WorldNetDaily has learned that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security late last month ordered inspectors at the nation's international airports to speed the processing of foreign passengers. International flights must now be...
  • Key immigration tracking system coming (US-VISIT)

    01/03/2004 6:03:48 PM PST · by fatso · 10 replies · 311+ views
    http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/ ^ | 1/3/2004 | Sean Holstege
    Key immigration tracking system coming to SFO Foreigners entering country will have to take photo, give fingerprints San Francisco International Airport will on Monday become one of 115 airports with a new system to electronically verify the identity of foreign tourists and track their whereabouts. Called US-VISIT, the system is a cornerstone of the Homeland Security Department's effort to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and is a direct response to the sharpest criticism about why they happened. Almost immediately after the attacks, the nation's immigration officials were peppered with questions about how they let terrorists...