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 CornynFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Live coverage: Cruz faces O'Rourke in Texas debate showdown Trump, Feinstein feud intensifies over appeals court nominees 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.”


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 CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations GOP senator suspects Schumer of being behind release of Ford letter Susan Collins becomes top 2020 target for Dems 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 RubioSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' Dems can use subpoena power to reclaim the mantle of populism 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.