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Senators require fingerprinting at 30 airports

By Erica Werner

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:53 a.m. HST, May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON » Senators working on a bipartisan immigration bill have agreed to require fingerprinting when foreigners leave the country through any of the nation's 30 busiest airports.

It's a step toward the more expansive biometric system favored by many senators but deemed too expensive to include in the bill.

Under the amendment by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, 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 30 busiest airports.

The amendment passed 13 to 5 today as the Senate Judiciary Committee plunged into its third week of deliberations on the immigration legislation.

Lawmakers have cited the absence of a reliable system to track people coming and going as a major security flaw.

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livinginhawaii wrote:
Not sure why this is needed since they have been touting their face recognition technology, unless that really does not work...
on May 20,2013 | 07:08AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Can we just get the microchips implanted already????? Cut out all the future hassles.
on May 20,2013 | 07:21AM
SteveToo wrote:
Yea, let's GPS microchip all visiting Muslims.
on May 20,2013 | 07:44AM
XML808 wrote:
So what exactly is this supposed to accomplish? What makes the Senate think our intelligence agencies can connect the dots with this information? They didn't do anything with the information they got years ago about the Boston marathon bombers.
on May 20,2013 | 07:59AM
kainalu wrote:
Welcome to Orwellian USA. The day will come when the government will know when you're wiping your ... . If they don't already.
on May 20,2013 | 08:12AM
HD36 wrote:
First It'll be when foreigners leave the country; then expanded to everyone leaving the country, then expanded to anyone getting on an airplane. Do they think the economy is going to collapse and people will take their money out of the country?I hope they don't initiate capital controls like Argentina.
on May 20,2013 | 08:40AM
artwork wrote:
It only takes 2 years to process and implement? Government efficiencyat work.
on May 20,2013 | 09:09AM
serious wrote:
No, that's not the point. Two years and also six years down the road these politicians will have retired--it's called kicking the can down the road. It's just like the union pension system here in HI--the D's that put it in place in order to get elected are living on their own retirement.
on May 20,2013 | 12:22PM
kukaikid wrote:
fingerprints are not reliable
on May 20,2013 | 09:53AM
silvangold wrote:
k. if "nothing" is for sure or for real, go a most dumb stupid way: everyone pick where you want to live. you'll have to find a job that is there, available, or start your own business. then move yourself/family there. pau. you can't go anywhere that you have to fly to. anden das it. no need machines....x-rays...pat downs. you ARE THERE. you stay there. It is sooooo ridiculous already....and its getting much too much expensive for all these things people are dreaming up.
on May 20,2013 | 02:13PM
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