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PM’s case for fingerprinting

ALBERT BRANDFORD, [email protected]

PM’s case for fingerprinting

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A BARBADIAN DEPORTEE twice changed his name and identification documents to elude border control authorities here and in Canada.

This “stunning” story was related to the House of Assembly yesterday by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart as he explained the background to the proposed introduction from April 1 of a mandatory biometrics and fingerprinting initiative for everyone entering.

Stressing during his hour-long contribution to the debate on the Appropriation Bill 2016 that he would not discuss national security issues in the House, Stuart insisted that the measure was to protect the Barbados passport and the identities of citizens.

He noted that the Barbados passport ranked No. 1 in the English-speaking Caribbean, and if Latin America were included, only Chile, Brazil and Argentina ranked higher, while out of 200 countries globally, it was 21st.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.