Fingerprinting Now a Requirement to Cross Border

POSTED: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 10:49am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

The Department of Homeland Security is heightening security by requiring most non-U.S. Citizens to provide digital fingerprints along with a picture ID upon arriving in the country. This is to make it virtually impossible for anyone to attempt to use a biometrically linked travel document like a permanent resident card if it’s stolen or duplicated.

“I think it's our responsibility to protect our border. It’s national security. There’s nothing more important to me than that.”

Now there are some exceptions to the new rule. Non-U.S. Citizens under the age of 14 and over the age of 79 are exempt from the requirement. Also, those entering at a land border port of entry will be processed differently. People will need to provide fingerprints only if they are referred to a secondary inspection.

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