Serial No. 108-253: Visa Revocations II: Still Porous, Slow to Fix, Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relalations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, July 13, 2004   [open pdf - 3MB]

The purpose of these hearings is to examine visa revocations. Subcommittee Chairman Christopher Shays made the following remarks in his opening statement, "Entry by a non-citizen into the United States is a privilege, not a right. For a variety of reasons, a request for a visa may be denied. If those reasons arise only after a visa is issued, it can be revoked. The discretionary process of visa revocation is an important tool used by the Departments of State and Homeland Security, DHS, to protect our borders. But when a visa is revoked after the alien has arrived here, what happens? Thirteen months ago, at a hearing on visa revocation as a counter-terrorism tool, the General Accounting office, GAO, described a process riddled with flawed communications within and between agencies. Poor coordination and haphazard followup meant suspected terrorists who entered the United States were not being tracked or removed. Parallel inconsistent data systems treated visa revocation actions differently, creating confusion about the number, as well as the status of aliens no longer welcome here." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jess T. Ford, Tony Edson, Donna A. Bucella, Robert M. Jacksta, Robert Schoch, Dennis J. Kucinich, and Christopher Shays.

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