USA Today May 14, 2013 by Alan Gomez
WASHINGTON — A Senate committee debating a sweeping immigration law Tuesday rejected a proposal from a Republican senator to collect the fingerprints of foreigners departing from the United States as a way to locate foreigners who stay beyond their time limits.
Senators voted on a wide range of issues Tuesday, including closer monitoring of student visas following the Boston Marathon bombing, the use of drones along the southwest border, work visas for highly-skilled immigrants and the total number of immigrants allowed into the country. But members of the so-called Gang of Eight senators who drafted the immigration bill dodged a major bullet when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the proposal to fingerprint all departing passengers...
The proposed overhaul requires that the Department of Homeland Security complete a system to collect the biographic information — such as name and date of birth — of all people leaving the country.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., proposed amending the bill to require Homeland Security to also check the biometric data — such as fingerprints and iris scans — of people leaving the country so the government knows exactly who is leaving and, more importantly, who has remained in the country in violation of their visas.
Sessions said the program, which has been mandated by Congress several times starting in 2001, was the most effective way to know who's in the country illegally.