Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 17, 2015   [open pdf - 1MB]

This is the December 17, 2015 hearing on "Terrorist Travel: Vetting for National Security Concerns," House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Jason Chaffetz: "The United States has the most generous immigration system in the world. In fiscal year 2015, the State Department issued almost 10 million visas for people seeking temporary entry into the United States. The State Department issued an additional 531,463 immigrant visas last year alone. Those 10.5 million immigrants and nonimmigrant visa holders joined an estimated 20 million others who entered the United States without visas under the Visa Waiver Program. Our government also issued 1,075,063 border crossing cards to Mexican nationals in just the first 10 months of fiscal year 2015. There are an estimated, we are guessing, close to 10 million border crossing cards in circulation today. On top of that, more than 1 million nonimmigrant students are lawfully studying in the United States on student visas. Some 2,093,711 individuals were granted employment authorization in fiscal year 2015. In fiscal year 2013, the last year for which statistics are available, the United States granted asylum status to 25,199 people. And from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2014, the number of individuals claiming a credible fear of persecution in their home country increased some 921 percent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alan Bersin, Leon Rodriguez, Michele Thoren Bond, and Anne C. Richard.

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