Biometric Passports: Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 15, 2004 [open pdf - 3MB]
From the opening statement of Orrin G. Hatch: "The purpose of these hearings is to make sure that the United States government is taking every possible step to protect this country and its citizens from the evil intentions of terrorists and that every available resource is focused toward that end. Implementation of the biometric passport program will be an important resource in our fight against terrorism and we should be vigilant in our efforts to fully implement this program. Today, we focus our attention on the biometric passport requirement set out in the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act. This legislation provided crucial tools to tighten immigration procedures and close loopholes in our border security which were, in my view, of paramount importance after the catastrophic attacks this Nation suffered on September 11, 2001. I was proud to be an original cosponsor of this legislation and am disappointed that more than 2 years after its enactment, we are faced with the reality that the biometric passport deadline of October 26, 2004, will not be met." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include the following: Dianne Feinstein, Orrin G. Hatch, Patrick J. Leahy, Maria Cantwell, Maura Harty, and Asa Hutchinson.
S. Hrg. 108-910; Senate Hearing 108-910; Serial No. J-108-82
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