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As an omen of things to come, in March the National Immigration Institute of Mexico will demand Central Americans workers and visitors carry ID cards with electronic chips. The ID cards “will record every arrival and departure of so-called temporary workers and visitors, mostly from Guatemala,” reports KGBT 4 out of Harlingen, Texas. “Officials say the purpose is to guarantee security for workers and visitors.”
“Test technology and develop recommendations .. to enhance the use of biometrics in screening travelers destined to North America, with a view to developing compatible biometric border and immigration systems.” This Milestone between Canada and the US was completed Fall 2006; the Milestone between Mexico and the US has only been initiated.
“Devise a single, integrated global enrollment program for North American trusted travelers (e.g. NEXUS, FAST, SENTRI) for travel by air, land and sea within 36 months. (June 2008).” This Milestone has been initiated.
“Canada and the United States to explore the feasibility of a process within 12 months (June 2006) that can make risk management decisions (board/no board) about travelers destined to or transiting through North America.” This Milestone has been delayed.