Imposter Identified by CBP at Port of San Luis Using Biometrics

Biometrics are playing an increasingly important role for CBP in helping to safeguard the United States, whether used for facilitate expedited exit/entry into the country, as a means to confirm identity to disrupt illegal crossings into the US, or to alert CBP officers when they come across dangerous criminals in the commission of their duties.
Biometrics are playing an increasingly important role for CBP in helping to safeguard the United States, whether used to facilitate expedited exit/entry into the country, as a means to confirm identity to disrupt illegal crossings into the US, or to alert CBP officers when they come across dangerous criminals in the commission of their duties.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers arrested an El Salvadoran national on Monday who was identified as an imposter attempting to illegally cross through the Port of San Luis.

The 18-year-old male presented a valid U.S. Passport travel card to the CBP officer which identified him as a 22-year-old Colorado man, who was identified as a mismatch by the Simplified Arrival system, which led him to being referred for secondary questioning.

City of San Luis Port of Entry
City of San Luis Port of Entry

He eventually admitted to his true identity as well as his citizenship, telling officers he was intending to travel to New Jersey.

Using another person’s identity document is a serious violation of U.S. immigration laws that could result in criminal prosecution.

For example, in this case, the traveler was deemed inadmissible to the United States and referred for criminal prosecution.

While providing a level of convenience for the traveler, facial recognition helps CBP swiftly identify impostors.

CBP’s primary mission is to protect the United States from potential threats and the facial comparison biometrics system is one part of CBPs’ strategy to deploy the best technology available to protect the American people.

The new, Simplified Arrival process enables increased security, faster throughput, and better efficiency.

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Courtesy of CBP

What is the Simplified Arrival process?

CBP’s simplified arrival process employs sophisticated smart queuing and biometric facial recognition technologies to minimize processing time while enhancing air traveler security.

THE MECHANICS OF SIMPLIFIED ARRIVAL

Courtesy of CBP
Courtesy of CBP

The improved international arrival process harnesses the speed, reliability, and security of facial recognition service, airlines and airports can confirm traveler identities within two seconds or less using just their face for identity verification.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Using airline manifest data and a cloud-based matching service, CBP officers can retrieve existing traveler images from government holdings, including passports and visas, and builds a photo gallery of expected travelers prior to the flight’s arrival.

UPON ARRIVAL

Courtesy of CBP
Courtesy of CBP

As arriving travelers approach the inspection booth, CBP takes a photo of each traveler. The photograph is compared to the pre-assembled gallery to find a match.

A match provides all the information needed by thee CBP officer to complete their inspection in a matter of seconds.

Biometrics are playing an increasingly important role for CBP in helping to safeguard the United States, whether used to facilitate expedited exit/entry into the country, as a means to confirm identity to disrupt illegal crossings into the US, or to alert CBP officers when they come across dangerous criminals in the commission of their duties.

For instance CBP officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry apprehended a fugitive wanted for homicide at the Gateway International Bridge on February 14, 2019.

“Our officers remain vigilant in keeping our borders secure and apprehending wanted persons with outstanding warrants is an important part of our mission,” explained Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.

“I congratulate our officers for their dedication and vigilance as we continue to keep our communities safe.”

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Brownsville Port of Entry

The fugitive, Antonia Gabriela de la Fuente, a 44-year-old female United States citizen who resides in Brownsville, Texas, as she attempted entry into the United States during which biometric queries confirmed she had an outstanding warrant for homicide out of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

CBP officers confirmed the warrant to be active, and turned de la Fuente over to the custody of Cameron County Sheriff’s Office to await transfer to the originating agency of the warrant.*

The National Crime Information Center (NCIC), administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is a centralized automated database designed to share information among law enforcement agencies including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses.

Based on information from NCIC, CBP officers have made previous arrests of individuals wanted for homicide, escape, money laundering, robbery, narcotics distribution, sexual child abuse, fraud, larceny, and military desertion.

To Learn More about the CBP’s ‘ASTORS’ Award-Winning biometric entry/exit program please visit www.CBP.gov or see

(Learn More. Stationed at JFK International Airport, one of the largest hubs for international travel in America, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crack down on criminals attempting to smuggle illegal goods and drugs into the United States. It’s a job where everything—the safety of their team, and the security of the nation—is at stake. But for these officers, it’s just another day at JFK New York USA. Courtesy of Jane and YouTube. Posted on Jan 2, 2019.)

CBP Entry/Exit Program takes Platinum in the 2nd Consecutive ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

2018 ASTORS Platinum

  • ‘Excellence in Homeland Security’

  • CBP Entry/Exit Program 

  • Aims to Implement a Biometric Exit System that Enhances Security, Minimizes the Impact to Travelers, Control Costs and Safeguards Travelers Privacy

  • *US CBP was also recognized with a Win in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’  Homeland Security Awards Program

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is specifically designed to honor distinguished government and vendor solutions that deliver enhanced value, benefit and intelligence to end users in a variety of government, homeland security and public safety vertical markets.

William "Bill" Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 'ASTORS' Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019, on Wednesday, November 20th, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (Courtesy of Teneo Risk)
William “Bill” Bratton, former police commissioner of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Boston Police Department (BPD) and former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), will speak at the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East 2019.

The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program drew an overwhelming response from industry leaders with a record high number of corporate and government nominations received, as well as record breaking ‘ASTORS’ Presentation Luncheon Attendees, with top firms trying to register for the exclusive high – end luncheon and networking opportunity – right up to the event kickoff on Wednesday afternoon, at the ISC East registration!

Over 130 distinguished guests representing National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms, gathered from across North America, Europe and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:

2018 ASTORS

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  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • The Department of Homeland Security
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  • The Security Exchange Commission Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Dean Dimotsis, Assistant Port Director Tactical Operations, U.S. CBP, JFK International Airport Office of Field Operations, Michael Madsen, AST Publisher, and Leon Hayward, Acting Director, U.S. CBP New York Field Office
Dean Dimotsis, Assistant Port Director Tactical Operations, US CBP, JFK Int’l Airport Office of Field Operations (at left), and Leon Hayward, Acting Director, US CBP New York Field Office (at right), accepting a CBP Platinum ‘ASTORS’ Award at ISC East in NYC.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program was Proudly Sponsored by ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic SystemsDesktop Alertand Royal Holdings Technologies.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

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2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Luncheon at ISC East

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The old traditional security marketplace has been covered by a host of security publications that have changed little over many years.

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*Criminal charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.