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Tag: visa

Homeland Security Chief: Syrian Refugees Face Strong Scrutiny to Cross Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told NPR that the fears over Syrian refugees are overstated, suggesting the focus should be on people traveling as tourists from Europe.

Johnson is restricting the visa waiver program because most of the suspects in the Paris attacks were legal residents of European countries and were not Syrian refugees.

For example, anyone who previously visited “terrorist safe havens” would be denied visa-free travel.

“What we want to do is work with Congress in ways that are effective to improve homeland security,” Johnson said. “The refugee program as it is currently exists is probably the most thorough, multilayered, time-consuming way for anyone to cross our borders, to come into this country.”

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Man Wanted on Child Sexual Abuse Charges Identified with FBI’s Facial Recognition Technology

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s facial recognition technology helped nab a man wanted on child sex abuse charges, Gizmodo reports.

Neil Stammer, who speaks more than 10 languages, was wanted for 14 years and seemed to have no problem evading authorities.

That was until recently when he submitted a visa application at the U.S. Embassy in Nepal under a different name. The facial recognition technology indicated that the visa photo resembled Stammer.

A closer examination determined it was indeed Stammer, who is now in custody and being returned to New Mexico to face child sexual assault charges.

“It could be years until we can accurately pick out a single face in large crowd using this technology, but the days or forged paperwork helping criminals cross borders could well be over,” Gizmodo wrote.

Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

President Obama’s Pick For Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Faces Tough Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To say Alejandro Mayorkas is on the hot seat may be an understatement.

President Obama’s pick for deputy secretary of Homeland Security is already under an FBI investigation for allegedly exerting influence to help a political insider with a visa application, the Washington Times reports.

According to the Times, he’s also made misleading and potentially false statements to Congress recently.

Mayorkas is currently in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program, the Times wrote.