Wednesday, February 13, 2008

EU Plans to Add Border Fingerprinting.

BRUSSELS -- A proposal to add fingerprinting to European Union border controls could have a big impact in cutting back on illegal immigration into the bloc but would change little for ordinary travelers from the U.S. and elsewhere, officials familiar with the process say. The proposed rules, due for release today, would require visitors to the EU to touch fingerprint scanners on their way through immigration. The rules also call for money to link the bloc's border computer networks and for tougher visa interviews, two steps that would aim to crack down on illegal immigration, a hot-button political issue in Europe as in the U.S.

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