Why is the Biometric Exit Tracking System Still Not in Place, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and National Interest of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, Second Session, January 20, 2016   [open pdf - 683KB]

This testimony compilation is from the January 20, 2016 hearing "Why is the Biometric Exit Tracking System Still Not in Place?" before the Subcommittee on Immigration and National Interest. From the statement of Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Grassley: "Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. A vital part of this law was the establishment of a comprehensive entry and exit control system that would collect a record of departure for every person departing the United States. Today, there is still no comprehensive exit system at our land, air, or sea ports of entry. [...] An exit program that uses biometrics rather than just biographics is a vital component of national security, ensuring that persons of interest have not falsified their exit record or stolen a person's identity to enter the country. Congress understands that developing a biometric exit program is a daunting and expensive task. Congress has already appropriated millions of dollars for the cause. [...] It is my hope that this administration will have a plan in place for implementing a biometric exit system. It's time to build on pilot programs, and it's time for airlines to work hand in hand with the government to make the system a reality." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Wagner, Anh Duong, Craig C. Healy, and Rebecca Gambler.

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