Ensuring the Security of America's Borders through the Use of Biometric Passports and other Identity Documents, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, June 22, 2005 [open pdf - 1MB]
The purpose of this hearing is to examine the potential of using biometric passports and other identity documents as a way of ensuring the security of America's borders. Subcommittee Chairman Senator Daniel E. Lundgren made the following remarks in his opening statement, "The purpose of today's hearing is to examine the current and future use of biometric technology in travel documents. The issues of document integrity and identity verification are key to our national efforts to enhance border security and combat terrorist travel. Today's hearing provides an opportunity to examine progress made in this area by reviewing two recent announcements by the Department of Homeland Security: Number one, the changes in the passport requirements for Visa Waiver Program travelers and, two, the pilot program to test the use of contact with chips in passports." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lundgren, Loretta Sanchez, Christopher Cox, Bennie G. Thompson, Donna M. Christensen, Norman D. Dicks, James R. Langevin, John Linder, Zoe Lofgren, Stevan Pearce, Elaine Dezenski, Frank Moss, Martin Herman, C. Stewart Verdery, and Gregory Wilshusen.
Serial No. 109-24
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