Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General’s report on “DHS Tracking of Visa Overstays is Hindered by Insufficient Technology.”

“Today’s report confirms once again that the issue of visa overstays is a problem and it has been for years. The fact is that visa overstays cannot be fully tracked without a biometric exit system. Visa security is a matter of national security, and it is imperative that we know who is coming to our country and when they leave so that we protect American citizens and our interests. To strengthen both national security and the integrity of our immigration system, Congress mandated a biometric entry-exit system over 20 years ago but administrations of both parties have failed to fully implement it. Fortunately, President Trump and his administration are fully committed to swiftly completing this much needed tracking system. I look forward to working with Secretary Kelly to ensure he has the tools needed to complete this long overdue system.”

Background: President Trump’s executive order issued on March 6, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” directs to Secretary of Homeland Security to expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system.