06.14.16

Overstaying Their Welcome: National Security Risks Posed by Visa Overstays

June 14, 2016 10:00 AM | 311 Cannon House Office Building

Fourteen years after the attack on September 11th, one of the few unfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission is the failure of DHS to establish a viable biometric exit system. The 9/11 Commission called the creation of an entry-exit system “an essential investment in our national security” because at least four of the 9/11 hijackers had either overstayed or violated the  terms of their visas. Since then there have been several other high-profile terrorist plots by those who have come into the country and overstayed their welcome. This hearing will examine the national security implications of the failure to establish a functional biometric exit tracking system and ICE’s ability to quickly identify and remove national security and public safety threats

Opening Statements

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Subcommittee Chairwoman
Opening Statement

Live Stream

Witnesses

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

Mr. Craig Healy
Assistant Director for National Security Investigations
Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Ms. Kelli Ann Burriesci
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Department of Homeland Security’s Screening Coordination Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Robert Burns
Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency Deputy Director
Science and Technology Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

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