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Sentri Program for Crossing the Border Between Mexico and the United States (at Laredo, Texas border bridge)

31 October 2006 at 1:58:14 PM

I saw an article this morning about how the Sentri program has added another lane for the border to make it easier to speed people across, at the Laredo bridge. (See also this blog entry about passports required)

U.S. and Mexican officials said the opening of a new lane at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge should speed crossings for prescreened travelers who might otherwise get stuck in frustrating traffic.

The Monday inauguration of the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection lane should also help trade relations between Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, officials said.

Crossing times for participants in the program, known as SENTRI, could be reduced from 40 minutes to as little as two minutes...

The program has enrolled more than 100,000 people since it was created in 1995 in San Diego.

Participants must supply documents and undergo interviews to be added to a database indicating that they are considered a low-security risk for passage to and from Mexico. The program costs $129 per person or up to $258 per family.

SENTRI-registered vehicles have a transponder that beams passenger information to U.S. inspectors as the vehicles approach a booth. If passengers' faces match those on file, they get less scrutiny than people in other lanes.

Now that's interesting. The program itself is very intensive and you have to voluntarily submit to a thorough background check in order to even be IN the program.

The SENTRI program is reserved for individuals who voluntarily undergo an intensive background check to verify their low-risk status. This is similar to other CBP trusted traveler programs, including the NEXUS program. Applicants must voluntarily undergo a thorough biographical background check against criminal, law enforcement, customs, immigration, and terrorist indices; a 10-fingerprint law enforcement check; and a personal interview with a CBP Officer.

Applicants will not qualify for participation in the SENTRI program if they: provide false or incomplete information on the application; have been convicted of any criminal offense or have pending criminal charges to include outstanding warrants; have been found in violation of any customs, immigration, or agriculture regulations or laws in any country; are subjects of an ongoing investigation by any federal, state, or local law enforcement agency; are inadmissible to the United States under immigration regulation, including applicants with approved waivers of inadmissibility or parole documentation; or cannot satisfy CBP of their low risk status or meet other program requirements.

I wonder about the face scans they apparently have on file-as you whip through in 2 minutes, is a camera trained on you, doing face recognition against info collected in a database? Here's an article on how that happens.

In the autumn of 1997, the face recognition system of the Sentri automated inspection commuter lane for low-risk vehicular traffic on the Otay Mesa crossing of the US/Mexican border was turned on. Dr. Atick, CEO of Visionics, Inc, indicated that the system uses FaceIt technology to automatically capture faces of drivers as they drive through the border, and performs facial verification against the enrollment record of the authorized driver. "Sentri has provided biometrics with one of the most difficult scenarios to date it requires acquisition in an outdoors environment (while  enrollment is indoors). It also involves totally uncontrolled conditions, lighting variability, uncontrolled pose and distance, car height, and all that has to be done in real time with moving subjects. ''5

The information is stored in a Customs and Border Patrol database and your car will then carry an RFID transponder

Once an applicant is approved they are issued a Radio Frequency Identification Card (RFID) that will identify their record and status in the CBP database upon arrival at the U.S. port of entry. An RFID transponder is also issued to the applicant’s vehicle. SENTRI users have access to specific, dedicated primary lanes into the United States.

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1 - Tino Gutierrez   30 Jun 2010 @ 7:58:39 PM 

Is there a Mexican procedure to enter the Sentri lane and is there a fee?

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