DHS Official: Biometrics Border Security Plan Coming Soon

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A top Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday Congress will receive details on a system to reduce the risk of identity fraud by visa overstays in 30 days.

DHS will present details on its biometrics exit system that will enable law enforcement authorities to instantly pull up an offender’s immigration records.

The system will enable immigration officers to locate overstaying visitors.

DHS Deputy Counterterrorism Coordinator John Cohen said that the plan will be ready in the next month and will allow authorities to instantly access offenders’ and non offenders’ biometric markets, according to NextGov.

Cohen and Seth Stodder, former Customs and Border Protection director, said the system can help counter terrorist attacks. 

Cohen also said authorities do not currently have access to a person’s immigration records because most police departments lack access to the correct database.

Stodder, now a senior fellow at The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, said the new system will help the government to better track who leaves the country and verify a person’s identity.

Strodder added that the DHS is not equipped with the right resources to properly deal with the estimated 11 million illegal entrants and visa overstays in the U.S. today.

Accenture is currently under contract to help the agency manage its biometrics systems currently in place.  

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