Strengthening the Integrity of the Student Visa System by Preventing and Detecting Sham Educational Institutions: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, July 24, 2012 [open pdf - 2MB]
This is from the July 24, 2012 hearing, "Strengthening the Integrity of the Student Visa System by Preventing and Detecting Sham Educational Institutions," before the United States Senate, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security. From the statement of Chuck Grassley: "In 1993, the American people were confronted with a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. One of the instigators of that attack was on an expired student visa, exposing a major vulnerability of our immigration system. As a result of that attack, Congress mandated that the then-Immigration and Naturalization Service create a system that tracks and monitors foreign students. Unfortunately, the system was not operational when, on September 11, 2001, terrorists again attacked the U.S. Three out of 19 hijackers were trained at flight schools -- two entered illegally while one entered the country on a student visa. Congress was frustrated because a mandate on the agency was ignored and the computer system to track foreign students had not yet been implemented. In 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft started up the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, known as SEVIS, stating that 'For too long, our student visa system has been a slow, antiquated, paper-driven reporting system incapable of ensuring that those who enter the United States as students are in fact attending our educational institutions.' Unfortunately, while SEVIS is up and running today, it is still antiquated and the federal government remains incapable of ensuring that those who enter the country are students that are truly attending our educational institutions. Today, more than 850,000 foreign students are enrolled in over 10,000 schools across the country. Enrollment of foreign students is increasing, yet the technology and oversight of the student visa program has not improved." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Chuck Grassley, Rebecca Gambler, and John Woods.
S. Hrg. 112-925; Senate Hearing 112-925; Serial No. J-112-88
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