Visa Overstays: A Gap in the Nation’s Border Security


Visa overstays are an often overlooked national security issue. Four of the 9/11 hijackers had overstayed their visa, or were out of status at the time of attack and several other high-profile terror attacks and plots have come from overstays.  In fact,  the 9/11 Commission recommend that Congress quickly establish an exit tracking system to close this security vulnerability. The purpose of this hearing is to examine the current state of DHS’s efforts to quickly identify and remove national security and public safety threats who have overstayed their visa, and the progress CBP is making on establishing a biometric exit system.

Opening Statements

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

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

Mr. Clark Settles
Assistant Director for National Security Division Homeland Security Investigations
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

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

The Honorable John Roth
Inspector General
Office of the Inspector General U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

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