Implementing the 9/11 Act Mandates for Enhancing the Visa Waiver Program, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, July 16, 2008   [open pdf - 330KB]

From the opening statement of Loretta Sanchez: "The subcommittee is meeting today to receive testimony on implementing the 9/11 Act mandates for enhancing the Visa Waiver Program. Welcome to today's hearing. Our first panel today consists of State and Homeland Security officials familiar with the US-VISIT and Visa Waiver Program. I am anxious to hear their testimony in regards to the implementation of the 9/11 Commission Act with regards to the Visa Waiver Program. Our second panel includes members of airport and air transport associations that are affected by the implementation of the Visa Waiver Program. I am equally anxious to hear their testimony in regards to the changes to the Visa Waiver Program, and particularly the implementation of the US-VISIT Exit piece. The goal of this hearing will be to examine the US-VISIT Exit proposal and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization implementation. We will also look at the demands both of these programs will place on the two Departments implementing them and the effects on the airlines and the ports of entry that will need to adhere to them. Because of the possibility of potential terrorists entering the United States through a visa waiver country, this committee has required several new security measures through the 9/11 Commission Act. US-VISIT Exit is also an essential tool to identify visa overstays and to ensure that visitors who enter the country actually leave, by obtaining their biographic and biometric data upon departure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Loretta Sanchez, Mark E. Souder, Richard C. Barth, Robert A. Mocny, Stephen A. Edson, Douglas E. Lavin, Greg Principato, and Nathan A. Sales.

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