With programs such as the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) that track non-U.S. citizens entering the country via biometric data in place, select members of congress are now pushing for a similar system to be enacted that would also track those leaving the country, according to a Fierce Government IT article. The proposed legislation is in response to an issue raised that pointed towards the US-VISIT program helping authorities identify those coming into our country but immediately losing track of whether or not they left.
Those backing the idea expect it to become an extension of the US-VISIT program as it would be expected to authenticate an individual’s identity via fingerprints in the same way. While the idea has not yet been formulated and put in front of congress, it already has support on both sides of the aisle as a means of improving the immigration programs in the U.S.
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