American teenager Maggie Lee is still in custody for identity theft, but will likely be released during the course of Tuesday. The 16-year-old girl used her sister's passport to travel from the United States to the Netherlands. Her father, Daniel Lee, is furious that airport border controls and airlines allowed her to travel with someone else's passport, he said to the Telegraaf from Clarksville in Tennessee.
The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect fleeing through the Netherlands unchecked after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee - a Dutch policing force that works as a branch of the military - regularly performs border controls that fall outside their jurisdiction. The Marechaussee carries out checks that are actually the responsibility of the National Police, according to research done by Professor Maartje van der Woude of the University of Leiden
Extra security on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium is leading to traffic jams between the two countries. The increased border checks are in response to terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.
The stricter border controls the Netherlands implemented in September are not enough in the fight against human trafficking and the work method for control checks at the Dutch borders is being adjusted. This entails a good chance of more traffic jams, Justice State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff announced on Monday
The Netherlands will not be closing its borders for the time being, but the marechaussee will be performing extra controls in the border regions to monitor whether more refugees are entering the country. The Marechaussee is a policing agency operating as a branch of the military.