S. Hrg. 110-20; Serial No. J-110-6: U.S.-Visit: Challenges and Strategies for Securing the U.S. Border: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, January 31, 2007 [open pdf - 64MB]
From the opening statement of Dianne Feinstein: "The Subcommittee today will be dealing with a program that is not without its controversy, namely, the US-VISIT Program. I have long been very concerned about the interplay between immigration and national security. I believe that we will not be able to protect our Nation effectively until we can protect our borders. I do believe we need to know who is coming in and out of our country. The congressional mandate to create a system for tracking who enters and leaves this country was first codified in 1996 with a deadline of establishing a workable program by September 30, 1998. To the best of my knowledge, that is 8 years ago. Since that time, Congress has extended the deadline over and over. Time and time again, we have sacrificed our border security because of inaction or slow action by the Federal Government. According to the 9/11 National Commission Staff Report on Terrorist Travel, prior to 9/11, no agency of the U.S. Government thought of border security as a tool in the counterterrorism arsenal. 9/11 and its subsequent actions have made this goal a priority and have exposed our country's vulnerability. Yet over 5 years later, the Federal Government has failed to devote sufficient time, technology, personnel, and resources to making border security a cornerstone of our national security policy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Cornyn, Dianne Feinstein, Edward M. Kennedy, Richard C. Barth, Phillip J. Bond. Robert A. Mocny, Richard M. Stana, C. Stewart Verdery, Greg Clawson, and Rey Koslowski.
S. Hrg. 110-20; Senate Hearing 110-20; Serial No. J-110-6
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