[Congressional Record: December 5, 2001 (House)]
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TIGHTENING BORDER CONTROL
(Mr. GRAVES asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. GRAVES. Mr. Speaker, we have taken many good steps since
September 11 toward protecting our country. As our focus returns to the
domestic issues, let us not overlook one critical piece missing from
our Nation's security plan, tightening border control.
Each day, countless travelers freely cross our borders without
proving their right to be in our country. Our ability to screen these
people, even when this is an option, is severely compromised and must
be addressed by bolstering the technology and intelligence capabilities
at our ports of entry.
I, along with some of my colleagues, have introduced the Enhanced
Border Security Act to strengthen our border security and monitor
foreign nationals, particularly those on student visas visiting our
Our legislation would allow government law enforcement and
intelligence agencies to share background information through a shared
database. Additionally, this legislation will track foreign students
receiving visas from educational institutions to ensure they are
accounted for upon their arrival, during their study, and when their
I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this comprehensive
legislation that will help ensure the safety of our Nation.
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