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Amendment requires foreigners leaving Honolulu Airport to be fingerprinted

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:59 a.m. HST, May 22, 2013

Honolulu Airport will be among the airports required to fingerprint foreigners leaving the United States under an amended immigration reform bill, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono’s office confirmed Tuesday.

Hirono (D, Hawaii), a member of the Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of an amendment, authored by Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah Monday, that would require foreigners leaving the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports to submit to fingerprinting, part of an attempt to strengthen security.

The nation's 10 busiest airports would have to establish a fingerprinting system within two years. Within six years it would have to be in place at the other airports.

Nathan Click, a Hirono spokesman, said it will be up to the Federal Aviation Administration to determine which airports will be affected when the plan takes effect.

However, Click said “Honolulu would likely be part of the group that establishes it in six years.”

The Hatch amendment passed 13 to 5 Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee went into its third week of deliberations on a major immigration reform bill.

Lawmakers have cited the absence of a reliable system to track people entering and leaving the U.S. as a major security flaw.

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AhiPoke wrote:
Are they already fingerprinted when they arrive? If yes, this makes sense. If not, I don't get it. I was just in Japan this past weekend. I was fingerprinted when I got there but not when I left.
on May 21,2013 | 09:33AM
kiragirl wrote:
I agree. They got it backwards. Should check incoming and will the ACLU claim it is discriminatory as only foreigners are fingerprinted?
on May 21,2013 | 09:44AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The government wants job security so they take prints as many times as possible.
on May 21,2013 | 09:58AM
typroctor wrote:
The bill hasn't passed and probably never will.
on May 21,2013 | 10:24AM
false wrote:
Thats what executive orders are for.
on May 21,2013 | 11:37AM
Nevadan wrote:
Aloha kg. I have been to many, many countries. Never have I been asked to provide my fingerprint. Not once.
on May 21,2013 | 09:08PM
mikethenovice wrote:
The government thinks that the prints might change in a weeks time. Duh?
on May 21,2013 | 09:57AM
SueH wrote:
What's the sense in fingerprinting them as they leave? Good riddance! They're on their way OUT! Why not stop undesirables from coming IN by fingerprinting them as they arrive???
on May 21,2013 | 09:43AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Ever heard of the repeat visitor?
on May 21,2013 | 11:18AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Does this include my cat's paw print?
on May 21,2013 | 09:56AM
false wrote:
How did our "senior" senator, Brian Schatz", vote? Or was he still trying to find his way around the corridors.
on May 21,2013 | 10:09AM
false wrote:
Brian, Mazie,Colleen and Tulsi vote as they are told.
on May 21,2013 | 11:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Mazie is still alive?
on May 21,2013 | 10:14AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Busy working!
on May 21,2013 | 11:19AM
LWg wrote:
Can somebody explain why we have passports? I have been all the place and nobody does anything but stamp your passport on your way out of their country. The US is getting more and more paranoid... And what's with Hirono voting for this lunacy? Can you imagine how long it is going to take to load a plane of 300 people? Say goodbye to our tourist dollars if you ask me...
on May 21,2013 | 10:39AM
noheawilli wrote:
Stand by to be jerked around when we travel overseas, they will treat us like we treat them.
on May 21,2013 | 10:41AM
false wrote:
Let's not get bent out of shape when we get finger printed at foreign airport.
on May 21,2013 | 10:42AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What happens if you don't have any fingers?
on May 21,2013 | 12:10PM
loquaciousone wrote:
What happens if you don't have any fingers?
on May 21,2013 | 12:10PM
kiragirl wrote:
They will toe print you.
on May 21,2013 | 01:16PM
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