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CBP announces facial recognition technology demonstration at Port San Luis

  1. Date Announced

    Sept. 24, 2018

    On September 24, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that a facial comparison technical demonstration will begin at the San Luis Port of Entry in Arizona for pedestrian travelers. CBP will deploy a facial comparison system comprised of a camera to test and evaluate taking photographs of pedestrians entering the United States and comparing those images to the photos associated with the travel documents the travelers present. This technical demonstration will help inform the agency on next steps to developing and implementing biometric entry/exit in the land border pedestrian environment. [ID #920]

    See Biden administration action below.

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  3. Biden Administration Action

    May 25, 2021

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 25, 2021, CBP issued a media release announcing the expansion of Simplified Arrival -- an "enhanced international arrival process that uses biometric facial comparison technology to automate . . . manual document checks . . . required for admission into the United States" -- at the El Paso, Presidio, Fort Hancock, Tornillo, Santa Teresa, and Columbus ports of entry.

    CBP Expands Simplified Arrival at El Paso, Presidio, Fort Hancock, Tornillo, Santa Teresa and Columbus ports of entry

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