Biometric exit wording changes in latest Trump order
07 March 2017 16:14 GMT

A new executive order by US President Donald Trump on biometric scans at the border has introduced different wording on who would face the screening.

Rather than all travelers" crossing the border, as Trump's original executive order did, the latest directive states it would only impact on “in-scope travelers."

Media in the states where US-Canada borders are located – which have objected to the proposed process due to economic concerns - have interpreted the change as a “paring back” of biometric requirements.

“The Trump administration's new executive order on immigration appears to dramatically pare back its earlier call for biometric scans for all travelers crossing the U.S.-Canadian border”, writes the Buffalo News.

The newspaper cites a 2005 federal study on improving the use of technology at the border included a definition that exempted U.S. and Canadian citizens from being "in-scope."

Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican who wrote to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to express his concerns about the original biometric plan, told the newspaper he was happy with the changes in the second version of the executive order.

“The new executive order successfully addresses my previous concerns related to the biometric exit-entry program, while refining its core principles of increased screening for individuals entering our country and keeping Americans safe," Collins said.

However, it all hinges on what the Trump administration means by "in-scope travelers."