Serial No. 109-78: Combating Terrorism: Visas Still Vulnerable, Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress First Session, September 2005   [open pdf - 5MB]

From the opening statement of Subcommittee Chairman Christopher Shays, "Recognizing the national security implications of the visa process, Congress charged DHS to set overall visa policies. As part of that mandate, DHS was specifically tasked to place visa security officers [VSOs], in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. But after 2 years, DHS has no qualitative or quantitative assessments of VSO activities in Saudi Arabia. There is no strategic plan to guide deployment of VSOs elsewhere. Balancing the demands of national security against the very real threat to facilitate commerce, education and tourism will never be easy. If we are to remain a welcoming and secure Nation, the visa process must function as an efficient and effective portal, admitting those who would enrich our culture, while denying entry to those who would seek to destroy it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Clark Kent Ervin, Jess T. Ford, James J. Carafano, Elaine Dezenski, Tony Edson, Susan Ginsburg, Dennis J. Kucinich, John E. Lange, and John Daniel Morris.

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