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[Congressional Record: November 1, 2001 (Senate)]
[Page S11363-S11389]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr01no01-92]                         
 
          STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS

..............................................

      By Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. Kyl, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Hatch, 
        Mr. Thurmond, Mr. Bond, and Mr. Kohl):
  S. 1627. A bill to enhance the security of the international borders 
of the United States; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I rise to join with the distinguished 
Senator from Arizona, who is my ranking member on the Technology and 
Terrorism Subcommittee of Judiciary, to introduce a piece of 
legislation.
  On October 12, the committee held a hearing on what could be done to 
technologically improve our visa entry system. It has become very 
clear, now that we know all 19 of the terrorists essentially had, at 
some time, valid visas, that our system is such that it really cannot 
countermand or alert our Government to any possible terrorist entering 
this country legally through our visa system.
  We have about 7 million nonimmigrants entering the U.S. a year. About 
4 million of them disappear and are unaccounted for. We have 23 million 
people coming in on visa waivers from 29 different countries. We have 
an unregulated student visa program. And we also have about 300 million 
people coming across borders back and forth. We have about 5 million 
containers a year that come in through the ports of entry, fewer than 2 
percent of them searched.
  The ranking member, the distinguished Senator from Arizona, and I 
have been very concerned about this. As a product of the hearing, we 
believed that the most important thing we could do was create a 
centralized data base, using cutting-edge technology, and also enabling 
that data base to interface between our intelligence agencies, our law 
enforcement agencies, and our State Department, to create a kind of 
lookout data base so that the situation that happened--whereby in Saudi 
Arabia 15 terrorists came in to the State Department consul's office 
and got visas, and we were told there was no intelligence to alert the 
system--would not, in fact, happen in the future. This legislation 
would create that kind of centralized, integrated data base.
  Additionally, we provide for a biometric visa smart card. We provide 
that all Federal identity permit and license documents be fraud-
resistant and tamper-resistant. We provide for passenger manifests of 
all commercial transportation vehicles to go into that data base, 
again, so that it can alert the proper authorities about who is about 
to come into the U.S. Law enforcement information, intelligence 
information all combine to send certain signals.
  We also provide regulation and school responsibility for the student 
visa program. I am very pleased to indicate that Senator Kyl and I are 
joined by Senators Kohl, Snowe, Hatch, Thurmond, and Bond.
  I would like to now defer to my colleague from Arizona, the ranking 
member of our Technology and Terrorism Subcommittee.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Arizona.
  Mr. KYL. Mr. President, I thank Senator Feinstein, the chairman of 
the Technology and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee, 
for her leadership both in the holding of the hearing that she 
mentioned, as well as putting together the legislation we introduce 
this evening.
  Something happened on September 11 that, with one exception, really 
had not happened since the War of 1812 when British soldiers came into 
the United States and literally attacked Americans on our own soil. 
Except for the first attack on the World Trade Center, that did not 
happen again until September 11, when over 6,000 people were killed by 
foreigners who were here and attacked Americans in our country.
  At that point, we began to realize that we had to begin to close the 
loopholes in our immigration system that, frankly, were allowing just 
about anybody and everybody to come into this country and, as we have 
learned, to do some very bad things to Americans here in our own 
country.
  So this legislation would do a variety of things, as Senator 
Feinstein has said, beginning with the creation of a data base that 
would enable us to know what the FBI knows, what the CIA knows, what 
the INS knows, what the State Department knows.
  Today, these different computers do not talk to each other, so that 
when a consular officer is asked to grant a visa to someone, he may 
have no information indicating this person should be denied the visa, 
yet it is quite possible that person is not someone we would want to 
have come into the United States.
  In our hearing, the representative from the State Department said the 
State Department personnel who granted visas to these 19 terrorists 
were heartbroken.
  She said it is like when a person hits the little kid who runs out 
from between the parked cars. It obviously is not the driver's fault, 
but you feel horrible about it. It is obviously not the fault of the 
people in the State Department who granted these visas, but they felt 
horrible about it because they didn't have the information to tell them 
that those visas should have been denied.
  This bill will enable us to put all of that information into one 
simple database so that our consular offices will know to whom to grant 
the visas and who should not receive them. It will make a lot of other 
changes, as Senator Feinstein said, all of which are designed to gain 
better for the process of admitting people into the country, for 
knowing when they exit the country, for ensuring that people who come 
here to study in fact come here and study and don't come on a pretext, 
as at least one of these terrorists did, and a variety of other things 
that take advantage of the technology we have today.
  The great thing about this bill, as verified by the hearing and some 
other very hard work Senator Feinstein has done on her own, is to 
determine that the technology is here. We can apply technology to this 
problem. The other piece of good news is that it doesn't cost that 
much, relatively speaking. In fact, we are going to have to employ 
technology to save money. We can't possibly hire enough people or take 
all of the time it would take to do this if we don't employ technology.
  We are very excited about the prospect of applying technology to a 
new challenge here in America to close the loopholes in our immigration 
law, to ensure or at least be a lot more sure that we are not letting 
terrorists come into this country or stay in this country when they 
shouldn't be here. I am proud to join my colleague Senator Feinstein in 
the introduction of this legislation. I hope we can find a way very 
early on to see that it gets considered in the proper fora so that the 
full Senate will have an opportunity to support the legislation and 
support the President, who has called for exactly this kind of 
approach.
  Mr. President, today, Senators Feinstein and I, joined by Senators 
Snowe, Hatch, Thurmond, Bond, and Kohl, introduce the Visa Entry Reform 
Act, legislation that will strengthen our U.S. visa system, and allow 
better tracking and monitoring of foreign nationals in the United 
States who present national security risks to our country.
  Last week the President signed into law anti-terrorism legislation 
that will provide many of the tools necessary to keep terrorists out of 
the United States, and to detain those terrorists who have entered our 
country. That law provides new, better definitions of what a terrorist 
organization is, and provides the Attorney General greater authority to 
detain members of such organizations. It clarifies that individuals who 
have contributed to such organizations, even if such support went to 
nonterrorist activities of the organizations, are inadmissible and 
deportable. The new law also authorizes the tripling of Border Patrol, 
Customs inspectors, and INS inspectors at the northern border, a 
minimal addition, given the expected high rates of attrition for these 
agencies over the next

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five years, and the continued and growing need for personnel along the 
southwest border.
  Yesterday, the President announced three initiatives in our fight to 
track down terrorists: a task force, headed by the deputy assistant 
director of the FBI for intelligence, to work toward greater 
coordination of intelligence and law enforcement information on 
terrorists; a comprehensive study of our never-implemented foreign 
student tracking system; and an initiative to provide much-needed 
coordination among Customs and INS officials in the United States, 
Canada, and Mexico.
  These are all important tools, and will be instrumental in our 
overall efforts to track down terrorists. The legislation that we 
introduce today will complement our recent efforts. Under the Visa 
Entry Reform Act of 2001, law enforcement, the Departments of 
Transportation and State, and all of our intelligence agencies will be 
connected by a comprehensive database, headed by the Director of 
Homeland Defense, with necessary shared law enforcement and 
intelligence information to thwart attempts to enter the country and to 
find terrorists who have made their way into the United States.
  Under our bill, terrorists will be deprived of the ability to present 
fake or altered international documents in order to gain entrance, or 
stay here. Foreign nationals will be provided with a new fraud-proof 
``SmartVisa'' card, using new technology that would include a person's 
fingerprints or other forms of ``biometric'' identification. These 
cards would be used by visitors upon exit and entry into the United 
States, and would alert authorities immediately if a visa has expired 
or a red flag is raised by a Federal agency. Our bill would also 
strengthen other Federal identification documents such as pilots' 
licenses, visas, immigration work authorization cards, and others by 
requiring that they be fraud- and tamper-resistant, contain biometric 
data, and, if applicable, include the visa's expiration date.
  Another provision of the bill would require that the 29 nations that 
participate in the government's visa waiver program be required, after 
1 year, to issue tamper-resistant, machine-readable passports. In 
addition, our bill would require that, after 2 years, all countries 
that participate include biometric data on their passports. INS 
inspectors would have to check passport numbers and, where available, 
biometric information with the new, centralized information database. 
Countries that participate in the program would be required to report 
stolen passport numbers to the State Department in order to continue to 
participate in the program.
  Another section of our bill will make a significant difference in our 
efforts to stop terrorists from ever entering our country. Section six 
of the bill will require that passenger manifests on all flights 
scheduled to come to the United States be forwarded in real-time, and 
then cleared, by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. All cruise 
and cargo lines and cross-border bus lines would also have to submit 
such lists to the INS. Our bill also removes a current U.S. requirement 
that all passengers on flights to the United States be cleared by the 
INS within 45 minutes of arrival. Clearly, in some circumstances, the 
INS will need more time to clear all prospective entrants to the United 
States. These simple steps would give law enforcement advance notice of 
foreigners coming into the country, particularly visitors or immigrants 
who pose security threats to the United States.
  The Visa Entry Reform Act will also provide much needed reforms and 
requirements in our U.S. foreign student visa program, which has 
allowed numerous foreigners to enter the country without ever attending 
classes and with lax oversight by the Federal Government. The system is 
rife with abuse, with numerous examples of fraud and bribery by persons 
seeking student visas.
  Just as alarming, in the past decade, more than 16,000 people have 
entered the United States on student visas from states included on the 
government's list of terrorist sponsors. Notwithstanding that Syria is 
one of the countries on the list, the State Department recently issued 
visas to 14 Syrian nationals so that they could attend flight schools 
in Fort Worth, TX.
  Our legislation would prevent most persons from obtaining student 
visas if they come from terrorist-supporting states such as Iran, Iraq, 
Sudan, Libya, and Syria, with the authority of the Secretary of State 
to waive the bar. Additionally, our bill would require the INS to 
conduct background checks before the State Department issues the visas. 
U.S. educational institutions would also be required to immediately 
notify the INS when a foreign student violates the term of the visa by 
failing to show up for class or leaving school early.
  For the first time since the War of 1812, the United States has faced 
a massive attack from foreigners on our own soil. Every one of the 
terrorists who committed the September 11 atrocities were foreign 
nationals who had entered the United States legally through our visa 
system. None of them should have been allowed entry due to their ties 
to terrorist organizations, and yet even those whose visas had expired 
were not expelled.
  Mohamed Atta, for example, the suspected ringleader of the attacks, 
was allowed into the United States on a tourist visa, even though he 
made clear his intentions to go to flight school while in the United 
States. Clearly, at the very least, he should have been queried about 
why he was using his tourist visa to attend flight school.
  We also know that two of the terrorists were on watch lists that 
should have been provided to the State Department and the INS, in order 
to prevent their entry to the United States.
  Another hijacker, Hani Hanjour, was here on a student visa that had 
expired as of September 11. Hani Hanjour never attended class. In 
addition, at least two other visitor visa-holders overstayed their 
visa. In testimony before my own Senate subcommittee, U.S. officials 
have told us that they possess little information about foreigners who 
come into this country, how many there are, and even whether they leave 
when required by their visas. America is a nation that welcomes 
international visitors--and should remain so. But terrorists have taken 
advantage of our system and its openness. Now that we face new threats 
to our homeland, it is time we restore some balance to our immigration 
policy.

  As former chairman and now ranking Republican of the Judiciary 
Committee's Terrorism Subcommittee, I have long suggested, and strongly 
supported, many of the anti-terrorism and immigration initiatives now 
being advocated by Republicans and Democrats alike. In my sadness about 
the overwhelming and tragic events that took thousands of precious 
lives, I am resolved to push forward on all fronts to fight against 
terrorism. That means delivering justice to those who are responsible 
for the lives lost on September 11, and reorganizing the institutions 
of government so that the law-abiding can continue to live their lives 
in freedom. I hope that we will soon pass, the Congress will pass, the 
Visa Entry Reform Act. It will make a difference.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from California.
  Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Mr. President, I thank my distinguished colleague 
from Arizona for those comments. He is very hard working, and it has 
been a great pleasure for me to be able to work with him. He and I hope 
to sit down with Senators Kennedy and Brownback next week. I think all 
four of us believe that if it is possible to have one bill, we would 
like to have one bill. We have taken on the technology aspect of our 
bill. But bottom line, the Senator from Arizona is correct, our Nation 
has essentially been laid back when it comes to matters of really 
scrupulously trying to set up a system that can provide a measure of 
protection for our national security.
  It has become very clear now, post September 11, that we must take 
steps to do so. Otherwise, we are derelict in our duty to protect 
American citizens. This bill does it.
  Because the student visa part of it has been somewhat controversial, 
this morning I was visited by the chancellor of the California State 
University system. This is the largest system in the United States, 
with about 380,000 students. He came in to indicate his support for our 
bill, for the acknowledgment that he knows that schools across America 
also have to assume more responsibility to see that there is a system 
where there is some regulation.

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Right now, a student can apply to a number of schools, get accepted to 
a number, and show up at none. And there is no reporting.
  We would change this. The university association will be supportive 
of these changes.
  I am very optimistic that we have an opportunity, in meeting with 
Senators Kennedy and Brownback, to put together one bill that could 
provide some reform to a porous visa entry system.
  As I said, I sit as the chair of the Judiciary Committee's 
Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism and Government Information. Last 
month, we held a hearing into the need for new technologies to assist 
our government agencies in keeping terrorists out of the United States.
  The testimony at that hearing was very illuminating. We were given a 
picture of an immigration system in chaos, and a border control system 
that acts like a sieve. Agencies don't communicate with each other. 
Computers are incompatible. And even in instances where technological 
leaps have been made--like the issuance of more than 4.5 million 
``smart'' border crossing cards with biometric data--the technology is 
not even used.
  Let me give some specific examples of the testimony we heard before 
our subcommittee:
  There are 29 countries that now participate in a ``visa waiver'' 
program that invites 23 million visitors a year to our country. 
Travelers from these countries do not have to get a visa before 
entering the United States, so nobody knows when they arrive, and 
nobody knows whether they leave. Passports don't have to be machine-
readable or tamper-proof, and the result is millions of people coming 
and going with no accountability, and no way to find them if they 
choose to stay and do mischief.
  We also heard in our subcommittee that the student visa program is 
unregulated and subject to abuse and fraud. Schools don't keep track of 
students, the INS does not find out when the students leave or whether 
they even show up for classes, and many students overstay their visas 
by years. Furthermore, students who apply to many schools can receive 
multiple documents--called ``I-20'' forms--giving them the right to 
entry. Because they only need one of these forms, the possibility for 
fraud is enormous. Additional forms are sold, and many enter the 
country with no real plans to go to school here at all.
  In our hearing, Mary Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State for 
Consular Affairs, said that the lack of information sharing is a 
``colossal intelligence failure'' and that the State Department ``had 
no information on the terrorists from law enforcement.'' Personally, I 
am amazed that a person can apply for a visa, be granted a visa, and 
that there is no mechanism by which the FBI or CIA can enter a code 
into the system to raise a red flag on individuals known to have links 
to terrorist groups and pose a national threat. In the wake of 
September 11th, it is hard for me to fathom how a terrorist might be 
permitted to enter the U.S. because our government agencies aren't 
sharing information.

  This was one, sobering hearing. It made it clear to all who were 
present that our borders act only as a sieve, essentially allowing easy 
access to all who would do us harm. Something must be done, and 
something must be done now.
  When I arrived in the Senate in 1992, I brought with me the concerns 
of millions of Californians about the porous nature of the Southwest 
border. When I tried to address the problems there, I met with the same 
response over and over again--``nothing can be done.''
  But something was done, and our Southwest border is now far more 
difficult to transit.
  Here, too, I am now told that ``nothing can be done'' to keep 
terrorists from entering the country on student visas, or through the 
visa waiver program, or through some other program. I am told that 
commerce and trade are too important. Or that the technology simply 
does not exist. Or that the agencies involved are incapable of 
cooperating in a way that would keep our country safe from those who 
try to enter.
  Well, I did not accept those arguments then, and I do not accept them 
now. There are things we can do to solve some of these problems, and 
this issue is too important to wait.
  Let me talk about how this legislation would address these problems.
  First, the most important piece of this solution is the creation of 
one, central database containing all the information our government has 
about foreign nationals who cross the border into the United States. 
Private industry can help in this effort--in fact, I recently met with 
Larry Ellison, Chairman of Oracle, who wrote me a letter offering the 
services of his company, free of charge, in the creation of the 
necessary software.
  Right now, our government agencies use different systems, with 
different information, in different formats. And they often refuse to 
share that information with other agencies within our own government. 
This is not acceptable.
  When a terrorist presents himself at a consular office asking for a 
visa, or at a border crossing with a passport, we need to make sure 
that his name and identifying information is checked against an 
accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive database. Period.

  My legislation will require the creation of this central database, 
and will require the cooperation of all U.S. government agencies in 
providing accurate and compatible information to that system.
  Incidentally, this legislation also contains strict privacy 
provisions, limiting access to this database to authorized federal 
officials. And the bill contains severe penalties for wrongful access 
or misuse of information contained in the database.
  Second, the legislation I will introduce will include concrete steps 
to restore the integrity to the immigration and visa process, including 
the following:
  First, the legislation requires all foreign nationals to be 
fingerprinted, and, when appropriate, submit other biometric data, to 
the State Department when applying for a visa. This provision should 
help eliminate fraud, as well as identify potential threats to the 
country before they gain access.
  Second, we include reforms of the visa waiver program, so that any 
country wishing to participate in that program must quickly provide its 
citizens with tamper-proof, machine-readable passports, eventually with 
biometric data to help verify identity at ports of entry.
  Third, we establish a robust ``SmartVisa'' program. Newly issued 
visas must contain biometric data and other identifying information--
like more than 4 million already do on the Southwest border--and, just 
as importantly, our own officials at the border and other ports of 
entry must have the equipment necessary to read those new smart cards.
  Next, we worked closely with the university community in crafting 
new, strict requirements for the student visa program, to crack down on 
fraud, make sure that students really are attending classes, and give 
the government the ability to track any foreign national who arrives on 
a student visa but fails to enroll in school.
  The legislation prohibits the issuance of a student visa to any 
citizen of a country identified by the State Department as a terrorist-
supporting nation. There is a waiver provision to this prohibition, 
however, allowing the State Department to allow students even from 
these countries after review and evaluation.
  We require that airlines, cruiselines, buslines, and other 
transportation services provide passenger and crew manifests to law 
enforcement before arrival, so that any potential terrorists or other 
wrongdoers can be singled out before they arrive in this country and 
disappear into the general populace.
  The bill contains a number of other related provisions as well, but 
the gist of this legislation is this:
  Where we can provide law enforcement more information about 
potentially dangerous foreign nationals, we do so;
  Where we can reform our border-crossing system to weed out or deter 
terrorists or others who would do us harm, we do so;
  And where we can update technology to meet the demands of the modern 
war against terror, we do that as well.
  As we prepare to modify our immigration system, we must be sure to 
enact changes that are realistic and

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feasible. We must also provide the necessary tools to implement them.
  Our Nation will be no more secure tomorrow if we create new top of 
the line databases and no not see to it that government agencies share 
critical information.
  We will be no safer tomorrow if we do not create a workable entry-
exit tracking system to ensure that terrorists do not enter the U.S. 
and blend into our communities without detection.
  And we will be no safer if we simply authorize new programs and 
information sharing, but do not provide the resources necessary to put 
the new technology at the border, train agents appropriately, and 
require our various government agencies to cooperate in this effort.
  We have a lot to do and I am confident that we will move swiftly and 
with great care to address these important issues. The legislation I 
introduce today is an important, and strong, first step. But this is 
only the beginning of a long, difficult process.
  I urge my colleagues to support us on this legislation. I yield the 
floor.
  Ms. SNOWE. Mr. President, I'm pleased to join with Senators Feinstein 
and Kyl in introducing the Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001.
  Both of these leaders have worked feverishly to bring this bipartisan 
bill to fruition and I have very much appreciated the opportunity to 
work with them in assembling a strong and meaningful package to help 
secure our homeland.
  The bottom line is, at this extraordinary time, in the wake of 
horrific attacks from without against innocent lives within our 
borders, we must take every conceivable step with regard to those 
variables we can control in securing our Nation. How can we do anything 
less when it has become so abundantly and tragically apparent that 
admittance into this country cannot and must not be the ``X-Factor'' in 
protecting our homeland?
  Entry into this country is a privilege, not a right, and it's a 
privilege that's clearly been violated by evildoers who were well aware 
of inherent weaknesses in the system. Just look at the story of Mohamed 
Atta, coming into Miami, he told the INS that he was returning to the 
U.S. to continue flight training, despite the fact that he presented 
them with a tourist visa, not the student required visa for his 
purposes, and they let him in. INS has since said that Atta had filed 
months earlier to change his status from tourist to student so they let 
him in, despite long-standing policy that once you leave the country, 
you're considered to have abandoned your change of status request.
  What this bill is about is stopping dangerous aliens from entering 
our country at their point-of-origin and their point of entry by giving 
those Federal agencies charged with that responsibility the tools 
necessary to do the job. Now, some say the tools we need are better 
technologies, some say better information, some say better 
coordination. The beauty of this bill is that it stands on all three 
legs, because I can tell you if there's one thing I learned from my 
experience in working on these issues on the House Foreign Affairs 
International Operations Subcommittee it's that we're only going to get 
to the root of the problem with a comprehensive approach.
  This was clear from the aftermath of our investigation of the comings 
and goings of the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 
the radical Egyptian cleric Sheikh Rahman. We found that the Sheikh had 
entered and exited the country five times totally unimpeded, even after 
the State Department formally revoked his visa and even after the INS 
granted him permanent resident status. In fact, in March of 1992, the 
INS rescinded that status which was granted in Newark, New Jersey about 
a year before.
  But then, unbelievably, the Sheikh requested asylum in a hearing 
before an immigration judge in the very same city, got a second 
hearing, and continued to remain in the country even after the bombing, 
with the Justice Department rejecting holding Rahman in custody pending 
the outcome of deportation proceedings and the asylum application, 
stating that ``in the absence of concrete evidence that Rahman is 
participating in or involved in planning acts of terrorism, the 
assumption of that burden, upon the U.S. Government, is considered 
unwarranted.''
  To address the trail of errors, I introduced legislation to modernize 
the State Department's antiquated microfiche lookout system, but as 
we've painfully learned in the interim, such a system is only as good 
as the information they can access. That's why we fought tooth and nail 
to require information sharing between the FBI and the State 
Department, but even then it was only a watered-down provision that 
eventually passed into law in 1994, with even that sunsetting in 1997 
with a brief extension lapsing in 1998.
  So I'm pleased that the terrorism bill we just passed does require 
information sharing between the State Department and the FBI, but we 
can and must do more, we must also require information sharing among 
all agencies like the CIA, DEA, INS, and Customs.
  And that's what this bill does, along with my measure that's included 
to establish ``Terrorist Lookout Committees'' at every embassy, which 
are required to meet on a monthly basis and report on their knowledge 
or lack of knowledge of anyone who should be excluded from the U.S. 
Ultimately, each Deputy Chief of Mission would be responsible for this 
information, because to paraphrase Admiral Rickover, unless you can 
identify the person who's responsible when something goes wrong, then 
you have never had anyone really responsible.
  We should also know who and what is in our waters and be pro-active 
in preventing potential threats from reaching our shores. As I 
mentioned at a recent Oceans and Fisheries Subcommittee hearing, a 
terrorist act involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear 
weapons at one of our seaports could result in the extensive loss of 
lives. In that light, I'm pleased this bill also includes a measure I 
developed that requires incoming vessels to submit to the Coast Guard 
crew and passenger manifests as background on the vessel 96 hours 
before arrival.
  And finally, we ought to ensure that the person standing in front of 
the INS agent at the border is the same person who applied for that 
visa. It does no good to do every background check in the world 
overseas, only to have someone else actually show up at our doorstep. 
The fact is, we have the so-called ``biometric technology'' available 
to close this gap, and I'm pleased that my measure requiring 
fingerprinting for visa applicants both abroad and at the border has 
been included.
  As the President said just the other day, ``We're going to start 
asking a lot of questions that heretofore have not been asked.'' By 
giving the Director of Homeland Security the responsibility of 
developing a centralized ``lookout'' database for all of this 
information, along with instituting tighter application and screening 
procedures and increased oversight for student visas, we will close the 
loopholes and help bring all our Nation's resources to bear in securing 
our nation.
  This is a crucial bill in our war on terrorism and I urge my 
colleagues to support this bill.

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