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Fingerprint Systems Delayed, Posing Risks

The integration of fingerprint systems operated by the FBI and U.S. immigration officials is two years behind schedule, and the delay could allow criminals and terrorists to enter the country, according to a Justice Department report. In the report released on Friday, Inspector General Glenn Fine called for immediate attention to the overdue project, “which will reduce the vulnerability of the United States to entry by criminal aliens and terrorists.” “Criminal aliens and potential terrorists who should be identified and detained may be missed,” he added. The Justice Department in 1999 assigned its Justice Management Division to lead the effort to integrate the two systems. At the end of 2001, the inspector general found the project was a year behind schedule. Full Story

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