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Otay Mesa border crossing launches testing of facial recognition technology

Otay Mesa border crossing launches testing of facial recognition technology

For the first time on the U.S. southern border, authorities are conducting facial and iris scans on foreigners entering the country, part of a congressionally mandated effort aimed at cracking down on those who remain in the United States with expired visas.

Under a pilot program launched last week at the Otay Mesa port of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is gathering biometric data from most non-U.S. citizens entering through the pedestrian lanes. Starting in February, the agency plans to also record their departure.

"We need to verify that the person that came into the United States is the same person that's exiting the United States," said Joe...

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