A move towards digital 'papers'

Responding to complaints about delays and backups at border crossings and red tape for visa applications, Bush administration tacks into 21st century.

As reported in the Washington Times, the administration has launched a pilot program to take digital visa applications and conduct interviews via digital video. And amid complaints that passport requirements for travel to/from Canada and Mexico are too burdensome, DHS' Chertoff and State's Rice announced a simpler passport card containing digital information about the traveler.

"We seek to use new information technology to renew America's welcome, making it as easy as possible for foreign visitors to travel to the United States, and to do so securely and safely," said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

 

"We seek to create travel documents for the 21st century -- documents that can protect personal identity and expedite secure travel," she said.