ID Cards: Reissuing Border Crossing Cards, Hearing Before the Subcommitte on Government Management, Organiztion, and Procurement of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 25, 2008 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Edolphus Towns: "Welcome to today's oversight hearing on the border crossing cards. Today we are examining an issue critical to the safety of our borders and to national security. Each year, the State Department issues millions of border crossing cards to Mexican nationals living near the U.S. border. These cards are visa documents that allow short-term travel across the border for business and tourism. Now, visa documents like these allow valuable cultural and economic exchange. We want these documents to be processed and used as the efficiently as possible so that this exchange happens smoothly. As millions of border crossing cards expire between now and 2012, replacing them will put tremendous pressure on our consular office in Mexico. The State Department will have a lot of work to do to minimize the delays in coming years. Two years ago, the full committee held a hearing on delays in visa processing. In some countries, applicants had to wait more than 5 months to get an interview. We have heard from many people across this land in terms of these delays and how to deal with the damage to cultural and economic exchange." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tony Edson, Jess T. Ford, Colleen M. Manaher, Aaron Fuller, William T. Alsbrooks, Rick Patrick, and Edolphus Towns.
Serial No. 110-152
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