1. The Immigration (Amendment) Bill was introduced for
First Reading in Parliament today.
2. The key
proposed amendments to the Immigration Act (IA) will:
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers to
exercise selected Police powers at the checkpoints; and
the collection of personal identifiers from transit passengers.
Officers to Exercise Selected Police Powers at Checkpoints
3. The Integrated
Checkpoints Command (ICC) was launched in 2015 to bring together
various Home Team agencies operating at the checkpoints, under a unified
command and control structure.
4. Under the
ICC concept, at the checkpoints, we would want ICA officers to also perform
protective security functions in support of Police officers. ICA officers
will, therefore, need to be appropriately trained
and empowered. This includes responding to incidents, conducting
preliminary investigations, and containing the situation, if Police officers
are not yet at the scene. This will help ensure that security incidents at
the checkpoints are dealt with even more promptly.
this regard, it is proposed that the IA be amended to empower
ICA officers to exercise selected Police powers relating to
search and seizure, security
screening, examination and arrest, within and in the vicinity
of the checkpoints.
Collection of Personal Identifiers from Transit
Bill will also allow ICA to collect personal
identifiers, such as photographs, passport details, and
fingerprints, from travellers
transiting through Changi Airport, if necessary. This can
help enhance security.