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US-VISIT Border Check Program Hamstrung by Limited Use: Report

Monday, 08 August 2005 12:00 AM

US-VISIT has proven its potential, according to the report, but the Bush Administration has exempted so many foreign visitors from being screened, and made so little use of the system's exit-recording capabilities, that it could well turn into little more than a high-tech Potemkin Village.

What's more, the current limited deployment of US-VISIT cannot guarantee a secure guestworker program. Until all visitors are subject to screening and enforcement and the systems are in place to deter fraud and abuse of all temporary programs, lawmakers must refrain from inviting still more visitors.

The report, entitled "Modernizing America's Welcome Mat: The Implementation of US-VISIT," was prepared by Jessica Vaughan, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center, using both published information and interviews with officials.

Among the specific findings:

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