Using Information Technology to Secure America's Border: INS Problems with Planning and Implementation, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventh Congress, First Session, October 11, 2001 [open html - 212KB]
From the opening statement of George W. Gekas: "Way before the events of September 11, and especially since, the status of aliens in our country is a weighty problem, heightened of course by what we have seen, the fury of activity in tracing aliens, and hijackers, and potential hijackers, et cetera, ever since the calamities of September 11. [...] We want to indulge in finding out what has happened to some of the mandates that we have presented to the INS in the past as a Congress, particularly with the border crossing cards and that technology. Then there is the student visa problem, SEVIS or SEVIS [long e], as we want to call it, where it has been uncovered that the intent of Congress has not been fulfilled with an accountability on a range of people who are involved in the prosecution of that program. So the technology involved there and in the border crossing cards will be two of the focus issues of this hearing. We may wander into others, as is the want of the Members of Congress from time to time, like always, and we will ask the witnesses to consider what the chair has said as to the focus during the question and answer period that will follow the initial presentations." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George W. Gekas, Sheila Jackson Lee, Randolph C. Hite, Glenn A. Fine, James W. Ziglar, and Demetrios G. Papademetriou.
Serial No. 107-43
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