Facial Recognition stations now at local ports of entry

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is implementing new technology to speed up long lines at all Brownsville Ports of Entry.

Starting this week, Biometric and Facial Recognition stations will be installed at pedestrian lanes. Visitors will have their photo taken in order to verify their identity matches with known passports or visa records.

The agency says, the new process speeds up verification to a few seconds with 97 percent accuracy.

Elias Rodriguez, CBP Public Affairs, “Currently the officer will need to verify that the person presenting the document is the true holder and the owner of that document. With this technology it will compare the faces to the document and it will help facilitate entry and speed up the inspection.”

Photos of U.S. citizens will be deleted within 12 hours of crossing the bridge. Options are available for Americans that wish to opt out of the program.

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