The Latest: Mexicans say eye, face scans aren't burdensome
Feb. 18, 2016
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on eye and facial scans on foreigners leaving the U.S. at a San Diego border crossing (all times local):
Mexican citizens walking out of the U.S. at a busy San Diego border crossing say new eye and facial scans used to verify their identities aren't slowing down the process.
The system is the latest move to close a longstanding security gap. U.S. officials hope checking departing foreigners will allow them to identify those who stay after their visas expire.
Ramon Rangel, a 29-year-old truck driver from Tijuana, walked his bike through the Otay Mesa port of entry Thursday, looking up at a green light that took his biometrics. He crosses regularly and says the process took a few seconds.
Marco Cruz also said it was quick. The 57-year-old from Tijuana crosses two or three times a week and says the extra checks are "fine as long as it's fast and easy."