*Hearing Advisory* Fulfilling a Key 9/11 Commission Recommendation: Implementing Biometric Exit

Sep 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 10:30am entitled, “Fulfilling a Key 9/11 Commission Recommendation: Implementing Biometric Exit.”

Chairman Miller said: “Twelve years ago, 19 terrorists successfully penetrated our border and visa security defenses, hijacked four planes to conduct a heinous attack that took the lives of almost 3,000 innocent people.  That act of violence is the very reason the Department of the Homeland Security exists and why this Committee was created -- to prevent another terrorist attack on the Homeland.  One of the ways we can honor those who lost their lives is to make sure an attack like that never happens again, to harden our defenses and act on the hard lessons learned from that horrible day.  Among those lessons is that our nation must establish a biometric entry-exit system.

“While progress has been made to strengthen the collection of information, including fingerprints and photographs, of aliens upon entry into the United States, the Department cannot match such information upon exit from the country.  As a result, the Department currently has a backlog of more than a million ‘unmatched’ records, where U.S. Customs and Border Protection has entry, but no exit information on aliens who came to the country on a valid visa.  As many as 40% of all illegal aliens are believed to have entered the country on a valid visa, which means that any attempt to fully secure the border must also address the challenge of identifying and then removing visa overstays.  This hearing will focus on how we as a nation establish a biometric exit system – one that serves our national security interests as a counter terrorism tool, as well as immigration control efforts.  Adding a reliable biometric exit system reduces the chance that overstays can stay in the country beyond their period of admission and, most importantly, reduces the threat from terror in the process.”

The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th at 10:30am in 311 Cannon.  Live webcast will begin at the start of the hearing.

Witness:
• John Wagner, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection
• John Woods, Assistant Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
• Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Government Accountability Office

When:        10:30am, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Where:      311 Cannon House Office Building,
                   Washington, DC

Note: Rep. Miller Introduced Biometric Exit System Bill to Strengthen our Nation's Border Security:
Last week, Rep. Miller introduced H.R. 3141, the Biometric Exit Improvement Act of 2013, a measure which will put the country on the path to finally fulfilling a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, the creation and implementation of a biometric exit system.

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