Hearing

05.03.17

Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States: Examining Visa Security

May 3, 2017 2:00 PM | HOUSE CAPITOL VISITOR CENTER (HVC) ROOM 210

On September 29, 2015, the House Committee on Homeland Security released the findings of its bipartisan Task Force on Combatting Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel. The task force provided over fifty recommendations for identifying and obstructing terrorist travel, some of which were enacted into law including the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015.

The Committee has established a new bipartisan Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States. The main, though not exclusive, thrust of the task force will be a review of the Government’s implementation of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act to identify the progress made, the gaps that remain, and potential new gaps that have emerged within the Visa Waiver Program as we approach the two year anniversary of the passage of the legislation. This hearing is the first in a number of hearings and meetings to examine Visa Security and paths of entry into the United States.

Opening Statements

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman
Opening Statement

Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Task Force Chairman
Opening Statement

Live Stream

Witnesses

Mr. Edward Ramotowski
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Visa Services
U.S. Department of State

Mr. John Wagner
Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner
U.S. Customs and Border Protection U.S.
Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Michael Dougherty
Acting Assistant Secretary
Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy Office of Policy
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Clark E. Settles
Assistant Director
National Security Investigations Division
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Ms. Rebecca Gambler
Director
Homeland Security and Justice
Government Accountability Office
Witness Testimony