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Officials unveil first phase of foreign visitor tracking system

Homeland Security Department officials Tuesday unveiled the first phase of a massive new immigration system to track the comings and goings of millions of annual visitors to the United States. Asa Hutchinson, Homeland Security undersecretary for border and transportation security, said at a press conference in Washington that the new system represents an “historic leap forward” in U.S. immigration enforcement and national security. Beginning Jan. 5, the program, known as US VISIT, will begin operating at 115 U.S. airports and 14 seaports, Hutchinson said. Foreign visitors will be required to submit two electronic copies of their fingerprints as well as a digital photo of their face. This information will be collected by immigration inspectors during the routine interviews all visitors undergo when they arrive at U.S. ports of entry. Full Story

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