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U.S. to strengthen border security as early as this week

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S.-Canada border could be manned by more than three times the number of U.S. agents that re...


NEW YORK, N.Y. — The U.S.-Canada border could be manned by more than three times the number of U.S. agents that regularly work there if anti-terrorism legislation is approved by Congress this week.

The proposed bill, expected to pass easily, will sink US$60 million into increased security at the northern border, $100 million of which will be earmarked for technology upgrades.

Among the new technologies being considered is a system that would scan physical features and used to identify suspicious travellers.

The fingerprinting system will also be improved, and the number of U.S. customs agents could increase from 1,773 to 5,319.


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