Serial No. 108-240: Creating Secure Borders and Open Doors: A Review of DHS-State Collaboration on U.S. Visa Policy, Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, September 9, 2004   [open pdf - 4MB]

The purpose of this hearing is to examine collaboration between the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security regarding U.S. visa policy. Committee Chairman Tom Davis made the following remarks in his opening statement, "Lest we think this is a trivial matter, next to issues concerning Social Security, visa delays tend to be the most requested issue when it comes to casework within our districts. We have heard in prior hearings about the serious impact visa delays have on U.S. businesses, on tourism, institutions of higher learning, the science community, and many others. Today, however, the committee will examine the collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department in the establishment and implementation of U.S. visa policy, and how this collaboration is mitigating the delays to facilitate business and tourism while at the same time ensuring security." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Clark Kent Ervin, Janice Jacobs, C. Stewart Verdery, Jr., Jacquelyn L. Williams-Bridgers, Elijah E. Cummings, Tom Davis, and Henry A. Waxman.

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