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Ridge announces VISIT system

Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced a new initiative today to build an electronic check in/check out system that will keep track of noncitizens as they enter and leave the United States. Ridge said the new program would incorporate the troubled Student and Exchange Visitor Information System and eliminate the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which required citizens of certain countries to be fingerprinted and registered with the federal government. Both systems hit snags during development and came under fire from civil liberties groups. The new system, U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indication Technology system, or U.S. VISIT, will make it easier for legitimate tourists, students and business travelers to enter the United States using biometric identifiers. It is expected to be in place at air- and seaports by the end of this year, according to Ridge. Full Story

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