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DHS Begins Collecting 10 Fingerprints From International Visitors at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Date:1/11/2008

and the department's ability to compare a visitor's fingerprints against latent fingerprints collected by Department of Defense (DOD) and the FBI from known and unknown terrorists all over the world. Additionally, visitors' fingerprints are checked against the FBI's Criminal Master File.

On an average day at Hartsfield, 4,000 international visitors complete US-VISIT biometric procedures. Visitors from the United Kingdom, Germany and Mexico comprise the largest numbers of international visitors arriving at Hartsfield.

Hartsfield is the second port of entry to begin the collection of 10 fingerprints from international visitors. Washington Dulles International Airport began 10-fingerprint collection on November 29, 2007, and eight other ports of entry will begin collecting additional fingerprints during the next few months. The next ports scheduled are: Boston Logan International Airport; Chicago O'Hare International Airport; San Francisco International Airport; George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport; Miami International Airport; Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport; Orlando International Airport; and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The remaining air, sea and land ports will transition to collecting 10 fingerprints by the end of 2008.

Since US-VISIT began in 2004, DHS has used biometric identifiers to prevent the use of fraudulent documents, protect visitors from identity theft, and stop thousands of criminals and immigration violators from entering the country. US-VISIT, in cooperation with CBP, is leading the transition to a 10-fingerprint collection standard. This upgrade is the result of an interagency partnership among DHS, FBI, DOD and DOS.


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