ERIC Number: ED480946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Nonimmigrant Student Tracking: Implementation and Proposed Modifications. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives, One Hundred Eighth Congress, First Session (April 2, 2003).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.
A hearing was held to explore the operations and effectiveness of the Student and Exchange Visitors System (SEVIS), a tracking system for foreign, nonimmigrant students. In February 2003, SEVIS became operational, and institutions of higher education are required to use the system when admitting new foreign students. Whether SEVIS goes far enough in protecting the United States from foreign criminals and terrorists and whether the system does everything possible to ensure that the student visa program does not endanger national security was discussed by hearing participants. Following opening statements by Representatives John N. Hostettler (Indiana), Lamar Smith (Texas), and Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), the following witnesses testified: (1) Johnny N. Williams, Interim Director of Immigration Interior Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; (2) Glenn A. Fine, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice; (3) Thomas P. Fischer, former District Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service; and (4) David War, President, American Council on Education. Also submitted for the record is a letter from Representative John Conyers, Jr. (Michigan). An appendix contains the prepared statements of some of the witnesses. Witnesses pointed out both the strengths and weaknesses of the SEVIS program as it operates. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Admission, Foreign Students, Hearings, Higher Education, Immigration, National Security
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on the Judiciary.