Rep. Martha McSally Introduces Legislation to Strengthen the Outer Ring of U.S. Border Security
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced two bills to officially authorize two programs that are part of Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to extend the border far from U.S. shores. These bills will codify the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), which delivers identity services as the steward of the DHS biometric repository, including capabilities that will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection store and match biometric data as part of the exit/entry program, and the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP) which deploys U.S. Customs officers overseas to ensure that dangerous and inadmissible aliens are prevented from boarding airplanes bound for the U.S.
“Both of these programs provide necessary services to secure our homeland and protect our borders. Congress has passed multiple laws since 2004 mandating the creation of a workable biometric exit/entry system, and OBIM is vital to that program’s implementation,” said Congresswoman McSally. “IAP also ensures that dangerous individuals are not able to board planes headed to America. These common sense bills formalize them in statute.”
The Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) provides biometric identity services to DHS and other federal agencies that are vital to our nation’s security. OBIM operates the Department's repository of over 225 million unique identities that include fingerprint-based biometrics, face and iris holdings, and provides biometric matching, storing and sharing services across the U.S. Government. The office also supports DHS’s efforts to complete a biometric exit/entry program. Congresswoman McSally’s bill formalizes OBIM in statute.
The second bill would formally authorize the Immigration Advisory Program (IAP), an important part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s layered security strategy. Specifically, IAP deploys CBP Officers to major last point of departure airports, to advise airlines against boarding foreign nationals that will be deemed inadmissible upon arrival to the U.S.