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Becky Bowers
By Becky Bowers November 20, 2012

Visa security bill didn’t reach full House vote

A new House Republican majority pledged in 2010 to strengthen visa security to protect against terrorists.

"We will require the Department of Homeland Security to review all visa applications at high-risk consular posts and prevent aliens from attempting to avoid deportation after having their visas revoked,” their Pledge to America said.

H.R. 1741, the Secure Visas Act, got on a House calendar, but never made it to the full House for a vote.

The bill, which Republicans offered in an effort to fulfill their promise, would have authorized the secretary of Homeland Security and the secretary of state to, among other things:

• Refuse or revoke visas to aliens if in the security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

• Require the secretary of Homeland Security to review visa applications before adjudication.

• Provide for the immediate dissemination of visa revocation information.

Since the bill didn't become law, we rate this Promise Broken.

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