Mobile biometric fingerprinting capabilities provided to U.S. Customs and Border Protection by Integrated Biometrics resulted in the arrest of a man wanted for first-degree murder at the nation’s southwest border. The case is a stark example of how border agents are using biometrics to help manage what the company says is the largest wave of migrants the agency has ever encountered.
CBP reported 239,416 encounters at the southwestern U.S. border in May, the highest ever recorded by the Department of Homeland Security. IB attributes the rise to plans to end U.S. Code Title 42 Section 265. These plans were blocked by court orderand the rule remains in place.
Fifteen of those captured were included on the FBI’s terrorism watch list, and 56 people on the list have been apprehended at the US-Mexico border since October of last year.
The Arizona Mirror reports that the number of illegal aliens captured has risen from 35 percent in 2000 to around 83 percent.
The South Laredo Section of the Border Patrol has increased its use of biometric identification technology in the field in response to the increase in the number of irregular migrants.
“Mobile fingerprinting technology provided to US Customs and Border Patrol allows us to quickly identify and classify subjects in the field,” comments US Border Patrol Deputy Chief, HQ Systems Division-e3/Biometrics Jason R .Thompson. “Fingerprint scanners using LES Technology removed the need to return subjects to a Border Patrol station solely for the purpose of fingerprinting. This capability has proven invaluable and will continue to play a key role in CBP’s response and operations.
IB says in the announcement that its rugged mobile biometric fingerprint scanners like the Kojak, Five-O and Watson are helping improve the efficiency of remote field identifications. The company’s entire range of scanners have been confirmed to comply with international standards for detecting presentation attacks.
“We are honored to play a role in supporting the U.S. Border Patrol and the more than 17,000 agents who work vigilantly on the southern border to secure our country and protect interior communities every day,” said Martin. Petriccione, vice president of integrated biometrics for North America. “Our LES fingerprint identification technology is field-proven and perfectly suited to work in the harsh environmental conditions that US patrol officers face daily.”
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