House Homeland Security Border Subcommittee Hearing on Visa Overstay

On March 6, 2012, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security held at hearing entitled “From the 9/11 Hijackers to Amine el-Khalifi: Terrorists and the Visa Overstay Problem.” Border security efforts are often focused on securing the borders, however, more than 40 percent of all illegal aliens do not sneak across the border, they come legally on valid visas and overstay them.  The hearing examined the progress made since 2003 in identifying overstays, and how the Department of Homeland Security plans to implement a robust visa exit system that will prevent terrorists from successfully exploiting the visa process.” The committee heard testimony from:

– Mr. John Cohen
Deputy Counter-Terrorism Coordinator
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
[full text of testimony]

Mr. Peter T. Edge
Deputy Associate Director
Homeland Security Investigations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
[full text of testimony]

– Mr. David Donahue
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for
Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State
[full text of testimony]

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