Recently a few threads here delt with immigration/passport/border crossing issues. Here is the latest. Most of this is not "news" but the whole story may not be fully understood. Excerpts of the article below.
The whole Federal Register filing can be seen at :
Citizens' U.S. Border Crossings Tracked
Data From Checkpoints To Be Kept for 15 Years
The border information system will link to a new database, the Non-Federal Entity Data System, which is being set up to hold personal information about all drivers in a state's database. States that do not agree to allow customs to have such large amounts of information may allow the agency to query their databases in real time for information on a traveler.
Because of privacy concerns, Washington state earlier this year opted for the queries-only approach. The Canadian government made the same decision. "There was absolutely no way they should have the entire database," said Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's privacy commissioner, who learned about the Canadian government's decision in April.
The border crossing information identified below may be collected in a number of different ways.
For example, information may be collected:
(1) From the travel documents presented by the individual at CBP Ports of Entry, such as foreign passports, where no advance notice of the border crossing has been provided to CBP;
(2) from carriers who submit information in advance of travel, through the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) (See DHS/CBP-005, August 23, 2007, 72 FR 48346);
(3) from a DHS system that validates a Trusted Traveler Program card, I-551 Permanent Resident Card, or immigration document;
(4) from non-federal governmental authorities that have issued valid travel documents approved by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, such as an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL);
or (5) from another Federal Agency that has issued a valid travel document, such as Department of State Visa, Passport including Passport Card, or Border Crossing Card data.
When a traveler is admitted or paroled into the U.S., a traveler's biographical information, photograph, where available, and crossing details (time and location) will be maintained in accordance with this BCI system of records.
Phil & Liz