Radio Frequency Readers Going in on Border Ports

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HIDALGO, Texas -- The federal government will install radio frequency technology at border ports of entry this summer to eventually shorten wait times to enter the U.S.

But officials expect the short-term, installation of the radio frequency readers will extend lines during the busy summer travel season as some lanes are closed.

Hector Mancha with the Pharr/Hidalgo Port of Entry says the changes will make the borders more efficient and the U.S. more secure.

New passports, as well as the passport cards set for production next month, will be imbedded with chips that sensors at border crossings can detect in vehicles.

The information will link to a Department of Homeland Security database that will have a person's identification information on file.

The scanners will also pick up the new enhanced drivers licenses, so far only issued in Washington state.


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