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U.S. Unveils System to Check Identities

The public got its first look Tuesday at fingerprinting and photo equipment that will be installed at 115 airports and 14 seaports to check identities of millions of foreign visitors. The equipment, which goes into use Jan. 5, will allow inspectors to check identities of visitors against those on terrorist watch lists. “This gives us the ability to know those who would violate a visa or overstay a visa,” said Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security in Homeland Security. A General Accounting Office report issued last month called the system “a very risky endeavor” with daunting goals, likely high costs and details that had yet to be worked out. The GAO said the system could lead to long lines at ports of entry. Full Story

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