New GOP immigration bill would drastically increase border surveillance: report

New GOP immigration bill would drastically increase border surveillance: report
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A new immigration bill sponsored by Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Senate GOP running out of options to stop Moore Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request MORE (R-Texas) would dramatically ramp up surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and could increase the use of biometric data and drones.

The bill, which was released last week and is currently posted on Cornyn’s website, contains several provisions that would change current border security policy.

The bill would implement a “biometric exit data system” at the 15 busiest international airports in America, which would “match biometric information for an alien who is departing the United States against the biometric information obtained for the alien upon entry to the United States.”

It also calls for unmanned drones to be used to surveil the border 24 hours a day, five days a week as part of its aim to conduct “continuous surveillance.”

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The bill also aims for the Department of Homeland Security to have access to a facial recognition system for “the greatest extent practicable … inspect[ing] travelers at United States airports of entry."

Federal border agents are already testing facial recognition programming, according to a report earlier this month.

The news follows President Trump’s endorsement of a bill last week that would curb legal immigration. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Tom CottonTom CottonCotton: I hope we go back to health care next year Sunday shows preview: GOP gears up for Senate tax reform push A simple way to make America even greater is fixing our patent system MORE (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.), would cut in half the number of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. over the next decade.

After the announcement, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress faces growing health care crisis in Puerto Rico The Hill's 12:30 Report Colbert mocks Trump for sipping water during speech on Asia trip MORE (R-Fla.) said the bill wouldn’t have enough support to pass the Senate. 

"That bill's not going to pass. ... I think the White House knows that you don't have 60 votes for that in the Senate," Rubio told a Florida CBS station.