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Jul 12, 2013

Border management gets PIRS: Personal Identification Registration System

After three years in the planning and pre-implementation stages, today the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy officially launched a new border management system for the Immigration Department. The Personal Identification and Registration System known as PIRS is a comprehensive software program to input departure and arrival entries for travelers coming in and out of the country. The machines are being installed at immigration offices countrywide, along border entries as well as the P.G.I.A.  The system is to assist with Belize’s national security and control the flow of persons entering the country legally and illegally. And with PIRS, the legality of persons within the country will be easily checked and verified since the information and data will be readily accessible through the system. PIRS will pose as a screen for fugitives trying to seek cover on Belizean territory.  Both the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse; Delbert Field of the International Organization for Migration and the Deputy Chief of Missions for the U.S., Margaret Hawthorne spoke at today’s launch.

 

Margaret Hawthorne

Margaret Hawthorne, Deputy Chief of Mission, US Embassy

“Belize welcomes more than nine thousand U.S. citizens every year and the number of overnight visitors from around the world is growing. Belize is a very popular tourist destination. And I have seen why in the two years I’ve been here. With more people passing through Belize however, security concerns inevitably arise. Minister Hulse, his ministry and many other agencies work extremely hard every day to ensure that the country remains safe. The U.S. Embassy recognizes that if Belize remains safe, so too does the United States. In the spirit of that partnership, we move forward on a key program today.”

 

Delbert Field

Delbert Field, International Organization for Migration

“At the official launch of the IOM developed, border management information system that will cover all of the country’s air, land and sea borders as well as all immigration offices. The new system will provide immigration officers with the latest technology for the swift processing of bonafide travelers entering and exiting Belize while at the same time giving them the tools necessary to identify and stop those entering the country to commit crimes.”

 

Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

Godwin Hulse

“We have graduated into the twenty-first century and I just heard that we are moving into the twenty-second century ahead of everybody else. Give Belize and the team a big hand. It is wonderful to note that we are now all connected in the world. Not only will you enter Belize and be a statistic on a piece of paper that used to meander its way through the immigration system and the tourist board system and find its way somewhere in a filing cabinet but you will be recognized now instantaneously across the country and possibly across the world.  One of the most important thing of the system is that it gives us the facility—this is hardware and software; it does nothing by itself—it gives that team of experts standing at the back under the able management of the director, the facility to be able to do their work better and that is what is important. It always resides in human beings. No matter how improved the software and the hardware is, it is people that make the difference.”

 

PIRS will also assist with secondary inspection and migratory control such as visa and permit control. The Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) funded the project to strengthen the capacity of Belize’s immigration service to manage the borders more efficiently. The project was implemented at a cost of one million dollars and training was provided by the International Organization for Migration. 

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4 Responses for “Border management gets PIRS: Personal Identification Registration System”

  1. Rod says:

    Yes you are right it is the people who make things happen and with this corrupt pm and gov. No matter what kind of machines you have if the people handling it are corrupt then the machines mean nothing , and if Belize is the only one with these machines then something is wrong that tells me that the us is invading our privacy by tracking people illegally something illegal is going on with these machines.

  2. Gerald Underwood says:

    The Asian gonna still coming in the country the way they been. Entering That only apply to the poor central American

  3. Eddie says:

    There is a way to bypass this… We can all change our last names to Cheng, Ching or Chung and pay a bribe to one of these “upstanding immigration officials” and we will have a free pass without any criminal profiling or we can just lube our a$$e$$ up like our sold out officials want us to be and accept our faith. We are just a colony of MOTHER UNITED STATES OF THE WORLD aka. The good old U.S.A. Dean you and Godwin Hulse are truly Jigs dancing a Jig. Dance for your Massa’s you bunch of Uncle Tom’s, go on sell your people out so you can live in the plantation house.
    “We have graduated into the twenty-first century and I just heard that we are moving into the twenty-second century ahead of everybody else. Give Belize and the team a big hand. It is wonderful to note that we are now all connected in the world. Not only will you enter Belize and be a statistic on a piece of paper that used to meander its way through the immigration system and the tourist board system and find its way somewhere in a filing cabinet but you will be recognized now instantaneously across the country and possibly across the world. One of the most important thing of the system is that it gives us the facility—this is hardware and software; it does nothing by itself—it gives that team of experts standing at the back under the able management of the director, the facility to be able to do their work better and that is what is important. It always resides in human beings. No matter how improved the software and the hardware is, it is people that make the difference.” —The biggest bit of bulls$@t ever told by the smallest piece of sh@t ever to grace the corrupted annals of politics. When you use this system to apprehend the late night flight carrying the plane load of undocumented Chinese that land at the P.G.I.A that come in from Cuba going to the good old U.S of the A. then you can brag you patrimonial traitor.

  4. Eye in the Sky says:

    Another sneaky way for the USA government to spy on poor and stupid Belize.

    Why do we not just start flying the USA flag instead of the Belize flag.

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