New Technology catches impostors at Dulles Airport

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DULLES, VA. (WRIC) — Within 40 days, Customs and Border Protection’s new facial recognition technology identified three impostors trying to enter the U.S. at Washington Dulles International Airport.

According to WDVM On August 22nd, they intercepted a Congolese man presenting a French passport to get into to the United States. And a Ghanaian woman presenting a U.S. passport on September 8th. Most recently, on Monday, a 26 year-old Cameroonian woman arrived on a flight from Ghana. She presented the passport of a 31-year-old U.S. citizen to the inspecting officer. The facial recognition technology reported a mismatch to the photo in the passport. Officers then confirmed her true identity during a secondary inspection and she was arrested.

“It was actually a relative..the sister that was coming in of a U.S. citizen trying to come in to the United States as their blood sibling,” said officer Christopher Downing. 

Officials say posing as someone else when attempting to enter the united states is a serious violation of U.S. Immigration law.

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