Biometrics help CBP stop woman trying to cross the border



With the help of biometric technology, U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested a woman who allegedly attempted to cross the border between Canada and Whatcom County using a passport and COVID vaccine information -19 that were not his.

The incident occurred the day after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 at the Peace Arch Port of Entry in Blaine, according to a CBP press release on the incident.

“The addition of facial biometric technology and the vigilance of our CBP officers prevented the entry of a person suspected of fraudulently using another individual’s passport and COVID-19 vaccination card to cross the international borders, ”said Brian J, CBP Field Operations Director for the Seattle Field Office. Humphrey said in the statement. “This advanced biometric technology, combined with trained CBP agents, provides travelers with a secure, efficient and contactless arrival process that enhances border security.”

A CBP officer detected a facial mismatch while treating the woman, who arrived as a passenger in the bus terminal, the statement said.

The woman admitted to investigators that she was using her sister’s U.S. passport and COVID-19 vaccination card because she had not been vaccinated, the statement said.

“Streamlined Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses biometric facial comparison technology to automate manual document checks that are already required for admission to the United States,” the statement said. “This process provides travelers with a secure, contactless travel experience while fulfilling a long-standing Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-US citizens.”

The process compares biometric facial data when travelers have previously been required to verify their identity by presenting travel documents, the statement said. Travelers arriving in pedestrian lanes or undergoing the I-94 process to stop for a photo at a primary inspection point, and a CBP officer then reviews the documents and compares the photo to the passport or passport photo. traveler’s visa on file.

“This improved process using facial biometrics only takes seconds and is over 98% accurate,” the statement said. “Additionally, foreign travelers who have traveled to the United States in the past may no longer need to provide their fingerprints, as their identity will be confirmed through the contactless facial biometric process.”

U.S. travelers and foreign nationals can opt out of the biometric process by notifying a CBP officer as they approach the primary inspection point and are then processed with pre-established processes for admission to the United States, the statement said. .

According to the statement, CBP also said it was employing “strong technical security measures” to protect personally identifiable information used in the facial biometric process, as new photo comparisons of U.S. citizens are removed within 12 hours. and those of foreign nationals are stored in a secure system of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Since the system’s implementation, 113 million travelers have been processed using biometric facial comparisons at air, land and sea ports of entry, the statement said. CBP also prevented 1,100 imposters from illegally entering the United States using travel documents issued to other people, the statement said.

David Rasbach joined the Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers the latest news. He has been an editor and writer in several Western states since 1994.


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