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Department of Homeland Security Announces Biometric Identification System Operational at Border Patrol Stations Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a joint effort with the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that integrated ten-print biometric identification technology is operating in every U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol station throughout the country. The newly advanced capability allows CBP Border Patrol agents to simultaneously search the FBI’s fingerprint database. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and DHS’s Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) provides rapid identification of individuals with outstanding criminal warrants through electronic comparison of ten-print digital fingerscans against a vast nationwide database of previously captured fingerprints. “This capability is a fast effective weapon in the war on terror. It allows law enforcement personnel to thoroughly check immigration and criminal backgrounds of people that have entered the U.S. illegally,” said Border and Transportation Security Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson. Full Story

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