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Flaws Plague Visa Program

June 19, 2003|From Associated Press

WASHINGTON — At least 31 suspected terrorists whose visas were revoked may still be in the U.S. because of continuing flaws in the visa program and poor communication between federal agencies, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

The General Accounting Office said that while the government revokes visas of suspected terrorists, there is often little effort to find and remove those people from the country.

GAO reviewed the 240 visas revoked between Sept. 11, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2002, on terrorism grounds and found that 30 people entered the U.S. before the revocation and may still be here. Four more entered after their visas were revoked, and one of those may still be here.

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