June 15, 2010
United States and France to Implement Immigration Advisory Program
(IAP) to Screen High-Risk Travelers Prior to Boarding Flights
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano
announced on June 3, 2010 that the United States and France have
established an arrangement to implement the Immigration Advisory Program
(IAP). [insert link to press release] This collaboration is designed to
enhance security measures at Paris' Charles De Gaulle International
Airport to identify high-risk travelers prior to boarding flights bound
for the United States.
The arrangement was formalized over the weekend by DHS Assistant
Secretary for Policy David Heyman and French Minister of Immigration,
Integration, National Identity and Mutually-Supportive Development Eric
Besson. The formal signing of the IAP arrangement is to take place in
IAP adds additional scrutiny of high-risk passengers and their travel
documents at foreign airports prior to their departure in an effort to
combat the use of fraudulent travel documents, prevent terrorists and
other criminals from entering the United States, prevent human
smuggling, and strengthen cooperation between CBP and French officials.
IAP allows specialized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
personnel posted in foreign airports to personally interview
pre-identified high-risk passengers, conduct behavioral assessments, and
evaluate the authenticity of travel documents prior to the passenger’s
departure to the United States.
IAP commenced in 2004 and currently the United States has IAP
arrangements with seven other countries and operates at nine locations.