Congress Appropriates up to One Billion Dollars to U.S. CBP, DHS to Spend on Traveler Biometric-Exit Tracking

The capture and use of international travelers’ biometrics for tracking, immigration control, and other law enforcement purposes has become more widespread in many parts of the world in recent years.

However, given the approximate 330 air, land, and sea ports of entry in the U.S. and the one million travelers per day entering through them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) faces unique challenges as it seeks to implement a biometric capture solution that would include exit tracking.

Congress has been pressuring CBP and the larger Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in recent years to roll out a comprehensive biometric-exit solution and recently appropriated one billion USD to be used in the coming years to develop and implement it.

In order to make best use of the funding, CBP and DHS are currently evaluating biometric technologies that can screen travelers without significantly disrupting wait times at U.S. borders, while also addressing back end IT requirements and other additional related resources that may be needed for the program to succeed.

U.S. border control operations as well as land and airport infrastructure have, to date, been focused almost exclusively on traveler entry, as has been the DHS mission. Implementing a comprehensive exit solution complete with biometric capture is a challenging adaptation, as DHS and CBP seek to address security issues without significantly disrupting traveler flows that contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy.

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