Facial Recognition Technology Being Used at Port of Entry

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Facial Recognition Technology is now being deployed and tested on the U.S.-Mexico border.

CBP officers at the Anzalduas International Bridge say it’s a pilot program. They hope it will improve the processing time for travelers and make the country a safer place.

“It’s a safety for our country we need to make sure who is coming into our country and who is exiting our country.” Said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez.

If you plan on traveling across the Anzalduas International Bridge you may see signs that say Biometric Processing Test.  

Port Director Rodriguez says, “This technology is going help us better facilitate the trade and travel through our ports of entry. Most importantly security.”

The biometric technology will take photos of travelers coming across the bridge. That data will be stored, and later analyzed for comparison to what officers have on file.  

“This is the first pilot that we are using for vehicles. It’s being used at other locations, but here this is the first pilot for moving vehicles.” Adds Director Rodriguez.

CBP officers say this technology will streamline the process for travelers making the process faster. While the technology is being tested officers say there will be no changes for travelers. The technology is optional with one lane being reserved without the technology.

The agency says this is just a testing phase of the technology which should last about a year. Officials say there is no cost estimate for the use of the technology because it is a pilot program. After the data is analyzed the agency say it will then be deleted.

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