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Rep. Higgins, Northern Border Caucus warn against biometric screenings at border entries

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Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 14:34:50-05

Several members of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus are concerned about the proposal for biometric screening at Land Ports of Entry (LPOE).

The Northern Border Caucus is sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly cautioning against the proposal.

The bipartisan letter is signed by Northern Border Caucus co-chairs Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND), as well as Congressmembers Louise Slaughter (NY), Peter Welch (VT), Carol Shea-Porter(NH) and Suzan DelBene (WA). The letter says the Beyond the Border Action Plan already establishes a joint biographic entry-exit initiative. They argue that any additional security measures should be coordinated between both the U.S. and Canada.

"Each day, nearly 400,000 people cross the US-Canada land border along with over $2 billion in goods and services," the members point out.

"Our border infrastructure is already congested, hampering the seamless flow of goods and people across our border and the economic growth potential that comes with it," said Representative Higgins. "Adding another checkpoint layer is logistically unfeasible for many bridges and plazas already at capacity and completely counterproductive to efforts that feed our local and national economies."