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DHS completes biometrics upgrade

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An upgraded biometric information collection infrastructure has now been integrated into all U.S. ports of entry, according to the Homeland Security Department.

In 2007 the Homeland Security Department increased the requirements for foreign visitors to the United States as part of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology border security program. The new requirements mandated that foreign visitors provide 10 fingerprints, up from two, along with a photograph.

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As a result of the increases in biometrics collection, security checkpoint infrastructure required a technological overhaul. Thursday the Homeland Security Department announced the infrastructure upgrades were completed at all U.S. ports of entry.

"Since 2004, biometrics have facilitated legitimate travel for millions of visitors entering the United States," Robert Mocny, US-VISIT director, said in a statement.

"The 10 fingerprint upgrade makes this proven system even more efficient and enhances the security of our nation."

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