U.S./Canadian Dispute over Border Crossing Procedures
The main sticking point was Homeland’s unwillingness to accept Canada’s legal problem with having U.S. authorities take fingerprints of people who approach the border but decide not to cross.
Canadian law doesn’t permit fingerprinting unless someone volunteers or has been charged with a crime.
Canada’s assurances that it would co-operate in investigating any suspicious person who approaches the border weren’t enough, said one Capitol Hill source.
“The Attorney General’s office really just wants to grab as much biometric information as it can,” said the source.