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“These hundreds of thousands of records with inconsistent biographic data limit the effectiveness and efficiency of using biometrics to identify and prevent the use of fraudulent identities at U.S. ports of entry.”
Because of conflicting 9/11 ceremonies, the hearing had to be cut short and none of the members had time to ask the IG any specific questions about this issue and potential solutions.
A solution appears to be in limbo. While the OIG report was specific in identifying the problem, it was vague in identifying a solution. The OIG report largely left the issue in the hands of DHS, which has failed as of now to provide a specific solution.
According to the DHS OIG report, the US-VISIT office has investigated more than 1,200 of these discrepancies and put 189 names on the terror watch list as a result of those investigations.
“In response to our second recommendation, the DHS Under Secretary for NPPD states that US-VISIT has initiated a proactive review of processes to identify potential fraud used by individuals attempting to enter the United States or obtain immigration benefits. This is performed through a review of multiple alien registration numbers. NPPD reported that to date, US-VISIT has researched more than 1,200 records and added 192 individuals to the Watch List.”
As of now, no further hearings have been scheduled and DHS has not taken any actions to try and fix the problem.
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