Department of Homeland Security Wants Fingerprints Taken from Foreign Travelers as They Leave the U.S.March 18th, 2008
I’m amazed that people with the resources to fly to the U.S. do so on purpose. It’s just mind boggling to me. I wonder, did foreigners go on holiday to Germany after Hitler came to power? This is an absolutely innocent question. I have no idea. I’m guessing that they did, back then, since millions of people are now willing to roll the dice on potentially winding up in the Homeland’s gulag system.
Via: USA Today:
Airlines are protesting a government plan that would require them to take fingerprints of foreign travelers as they fly out of the USA, saying it could create massive lines at airport check-in counters.
Congress has required that the 33 million foreigners a year coming into U.S. airports be fingerprinted when they arrive and leave the country but did not specify who should take the prints.
The Homeland Security Department, which currently fingerprints foreigners coming into U.S. airports, wants airlines to be responsible for taking fingerprints as these travelers leave.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the White House to kill the plan. “This is a government function, not to be outsourced to the private sector,” said Ken Dunlap, security chief for IATA North America. The association represents 240 airlines worldwide.
The opposition could derail a key part of the Homeland Security Department’s effort to keep track of foreign visitors including suspected terrorists.
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