Serial No. 113-77: Border Security Oversight, Part III: Border Crossing Cards and B1/B2 Visas, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on National Security, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, November 14, 2013 [open pdf - 3MB]
This is the November 14, 2013 hearing, "Border Security Oversight Part III (3): Border Crossing Cards and B1/B2 Visas" held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Security of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz: "Today's proceedings are the third in a series of hearings designed to assess U.S. border security efforts, as well as challenges in obtaining operational control, particularly of the Southwest border. [...] B1 and B2 cards are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business, a B1; tourism, pleasure, or visiting, a B2; or combination of both purposes, often referred to as a B1/B2. According to the Department of State, more than 5.3 million B1/ B2 non-immigrant visas were issued in the fiscal year 2012. [...] In 2008, the State Department issued 3.5 million B1/B2 visas, representing an approximate 55 percent increase in the issuance of these visas from 2008 to 2012. Likewise, the State Department issued 1.3 million border crossing cards in fiscal year 2013, continuing to issue millions of border crossing cards over the last three years. [...] Border crossing cards are only issued to applicants who are citizens and residents of Mexico and 'must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico to compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.' Today I am interested in learning what the standard is for determining what types of ties are considered strong enough to qualify for a border crossing card." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jason Chaffetz, John Wagner, John P. Woods, Edward J. Ramotowski, and Juan Osuna.
Serial Number 113-77
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