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Some Steps Put in Place to Aid Border Security

Immigration officials said they had already started taking some of the urgent steps recommended last week by the Sept. 11 commission to enhance border security, but with intelligence reports describing the threat of a new attack as extraordinarily high, the effort remains far from complete.The Department of Homeland Security, created after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has collected digital fingerprints and photographs from more than six million foreign visitors since January, the first move toward creating a comprehensive system to screen travelers as they arrive and depart. State Department officials, who were criticized for issuing visas to the hijackers, started collecting similar data in December as foreigners applied for visas in 174 of 211 visa-issuing embassies and consulates around the world.Full Story

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