US-VISIT program on track, says DHS

Published 13 January 2006

Biometric entry monitoring program from U.S. visitors is running smoothly according to DHS

After two years implementing new border entry policies and procedures, DHS reports that further measures still are ahead as the agency strives to smooth and speed the process for legitimate travel and catch the bad guys. The two-year-old US-VISIT program is devoted to “keeping America’s doors open and our nation secure,” according to the program’s motto. Incorporating biometric entry procedures at border entry points was a key goal when the program began in January 2004. U.S. procedures now require an individual to undergo a digital finger scan upon entering the United States. US-VISIT Director James Williams says one significant success is that the program has not caused the disruption that critics anticipated.

-see this Department of State’s summary of the program