On November 14, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Wagner testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security, for a hearing titled, “Border Security Oversight, Part III: Border Crossing Cards and B1/B2 Visas.”
In his written testimony, Wagner emphasized the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to detect and deter nonimmigrant visa violations, while securing and facilitating legitimate international travel. CBP works in close partnership with our Federal partners, state and local law enforcement, the private sector, and our foreign counterparts to improve our ability to identify and address fraudulent visa activity and nonimmigrant status violations, including potential overstays, at the earliest possible point.
"In concert with our partners," Wagner stated, "CBP strives to ensure that those seeking to visit the United States for short-term business or pleasure are appropriately vetted, and any document deficiencies are addressed before boarding a flight or other conveyance bound for the United States, and before admission at a United States port of entry (POE)."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.