U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

ICE sued for info about use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids

A non-profit group of lawyers is suing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in federal court for failing to release records of its use of mobile biometric devices in immigration raids and joint operations with local law enforcement, Law360 reports. National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild represent immigrants involved in deportation proceedings, and has asked the court to force ICE and the Department of Homeland Security to disclose information about handheld devices, which can reportedly identify

Identity Strategy Partners issues recommendations for improving refugee vetting process

Janice Kephart, a partner at Identity Strategy Partners, issued a statement which included several recommendations for improving the vetting process for refugees. The move comes a few months after the former 9/11 Commission border counsel released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”. The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which is run jointly by the State Department with referrals from the United Nations and the U.S. Citizenship

Trump’s executive order on immigration addresses biometric entry-exit tracking system

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday which includes a series of initiatives to address immigration, including a proposal to establish a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S., according to a report by Payments Source. According to a draft executive order leaked to civil rights advocates and obtained by The Washington Post, one of the measures of the executive order calls for an “Expedited Completion of Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System”. Section 8 of the

Biometric census of foreigners ordered in Bolivia

According to a report in MercoPress, the government of Bolivia has ordered the Immigration bureau to undertake a biometrics-based census of all foreigners in the country to verify their status. Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero said that the Immigration bureau is to conduct the census work with Interpol and that they have twelve months to “regularize” the status of foreigners. Romero told the media that the decree was approved by the Council of Ministers who took into account violent crimes

Home Office Biometrics seeking technology delivery partner for multi-location IT service

The UK’s Home Office has posted a request seeking a technology delivery partner to work with the Home Office Biometrics (HOB) Program team to provide a “large, complex program converging IT systems into a cohesive, cost effective, user-centered service”. The HOB program aims to develop a unified, integrated biometric service that is effective, adaptable, efficient, proportionate and lawful. The existing immigration and law enforcement biometrics systems are large, complex IT systems supporting thousands of users and millions of records. Current

EC awards Greece emergency funding to acquire 90 fingerprinting devices

Earlier this month, the European Commission awarded Greece €1.36M ($1.5M USD) in emergency funding from the from the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to acquire 90 fingerprinting devices to ensure proper identification and registration of migrants at Greek border crossings. The 90 fingerprint devices and workstations will be connected to the central EURODAC system to enable sharing of information, and will be installed at border crossing points throughout the country, including on the Eastern Aegean islands ensuring proper operation of the

Immigration, border security, and terrorism driving interest in Integrated Biometrics technology

According to a statement by the company, global events surrounding immigration, border security, and terrorism are driving increasing interest in advanced mobile fingerprint scanner technology from Integrated Biometrics. This interest – particularily in the company’s patented light emitting sensor (LES) film – is resulting in new customers and international organizations asking Integrated Biometrics for its technological advice and best practices in developing the next wave of mobile fingerprint scanners. Company president Mike Grimes commented on the increasing interest. “Any company

International Biometrics & Identification Association supports Visa Waiver Program security improvements

In a statement released today, the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) said that it strongly supports Congressional action to reform the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and congratulates the House for its work on H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Improvement Act of 2015. The IBIA also said that the United States must immediately plan further strengthening of the VWP so that all VWP travelers undergo biometric screening prior to boarding all planes to the U.S. Currently, fingerprints are collected from all

Border Security & Intelligence Summit to discuss biometrics

Defense Strategies Institute announced that it will host the upcoming U.S. Border Security & Intelligence Summit, where attendees will work towards a cohesive and holistic approach to intelligence sharing and operational capabilities. To be held on January 26 and 27 at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, Virginia, the event will focus on several key topics including maintaining a biometrics focus on maximizing mobile and multimodal technology innovation at the border and ports of entry. The educational and