Biometric tracking system of foreign visitors rejected by Senate Judiciary

The current “gang of eight”, a bipartisan group of senators, led by Marco Rubio, have created a bill to reform the U.S. immigration system, increase work visas, and enable a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

According to a story by Reuters, Key U.S. senator to fight for tracking system in immigration law the senators had agreed to work together to block amendments to the bill that could potentially kill the bill. This amendment to the bill was rejected in the Senate Judiciary committee on the second day of examining the legislation.

Essentially the amendment to the bill would have required at every point of entry in the U.S. a biometric system that can capture biometric information such as iris scans and fingerprinting to identify people. This requirement would have to be reached prior to enabling illegal immigrants eligibility for permanent residency or a green card.

While this legislation is targeted at illegal immigrants, it would seem all foreign visitors could be subject to scans. This could make visiting the U.S. seem rather unfriendly and that is not the experience you want tourists to feel.

Let’s watch this one.