June 8, 2009
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is one of just two airports in the U.S. that are serving as testing grounds for a new Department of Homeland Security program. The program checks the identities of non-U.S. citizens against a terror watch list.
The Department of Homeland Security is cracking down on foreigners who overstay their visas in the pilot program at airports in Detroit and Atlanta.
[efoods]“It is really about bringing integrity back to the immigrant system and making sure we know who’s here legally, who’s here illegally and we can take appropriate actions,” said Robert Mocny of the Department of Homeland Security.
In Atlanta, departing foreign nationals are directed to separate security lines where their fingerprints are scanned and verified.
In Detroit, the program is done at departure gates.