Immigration Issues

National Security

International Terrorism

Chronology of Terror (2013)
Although international terrorist acts committed in the United States are not unique to the last few years, concern has increased over the past two decades with increasing terrorist activities in the Middle East, particularly suicide bombings, the deep involvement of the United States in Middle East peace negotiations, and U.S. military involvement in the region.

Identity and Immigration Status of 9/11 Terrorists (2011)
According to authorities, all of the hijackers who committed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were foreigners. All of them entered the country legally on a temporary visa, mostly tourist visas with entry permits for six months.

National Security Reports


Secure Identification

The Need for Secure Identification
"At the heart of any Nation's immigration policy is the imperative to know who lives and works within its national border." — Quadrennial Homeland Security Review 2010.

What makes identification secure? (2005)
A secure identification system is one that allows people's identity documents to be verified as belonging to them and, thereby, prohibits others from assuming that person's identity. In the case of ATM cards, the PIN number serves as a verification method that the person using the card is authorized to use it.

Secure Identification (2002)
Combating false and stolen IDs.

Agenda for Identity Document Security (2002)
FAIR's proposals for secure identity documents.

REAL ID (2009)
The recommendation of the 9/11 Commission led to the adoption of the REAL ID Act in early 2005. It is a measure designed to encourage the states to change their lax driver's license standards.

Comparing Real ID and Pass ID (2009)
Real ID provides real security, while Pass ID provides only a false sense of security.

 

Visa Waiver Program (2012)
The VWP allows visitors from 27 countries to bypass consular screening abroad. The 9/11 Commission recommended ending the program.

Automated Entry-Exit System (2011)
Entry-exit database of visitors needed for national security.

Immigration and National Border Security (2011)
Closing the loopholes open to terrorists.