Cutting-Edge Technology Begins Nabbing Illegal Immigrants
The arrest marks the second time at Washington's Dulles Airport that authorities caught an illegal immigrant since the technology debuted less than three weeks ago.
Per Fox 5 NY:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), says a 26-year-old woman, who arrived on a flight from Ghana, presented a U.S. passport as a returning citizen. Utilizing the facial comparison technology, the CBP officer determined that the traveler was not a match to the passport and referred her for further examination which confirmed that she was a Ghanaian citizen and an impostor.
The woman’s name was not being released while the investigation continues.
Posing as someone else when attempting to enter the United States is a violation of U.S. immigration law that could result in criminal prosecution. Inadmissible criminals and other foreign nationals routinely attempt various means to enter the US including using stolen, purchased or “borrowed” passports.
CBP says its system has a match rate of 99% making it extremely difficult for criminals, terrorists or impostors to enter the country using another person’s identification and travel documents. The 2-second scan enables increased security, faster throughput, and better efficiency, according to authorities.
CBP is testing facial biometrics at 15 of the busiest airports in the country.