Travelers To U.S. May Soon Be Subjected By Law To Have Their Photos Taken

The Trump administration intends to propose a regulation next year that would require all travelers – including Americans- to be photographed when entering or leaving the United States.

The new regulation is set to come into effect by July 2020 and will fall under the purview of the Homeland Security Department.

It is said to be part of a broader system to track travelers as they enter and exit the U.S.

The new legislation is part of the Trump administration regulatory agenda to ensure safety and prevent fraudulent use of U.S. travel documents as well as aid the identification of criminals and suspected terrorists.

A non-partisan American think tank, based in Washington, D.C., the Pew Research Center, estimated in 2006 that 45 percent of immigrants in the United States without legal status entered on a valid visa but did not depart when it expired.

The proposed plan has already drawn opposition from some privacy advocates.

A senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, Jay Stanley, blasted the idea in a written statement.

He said travelers, including U.S. citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan 

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