May 23rd, 2007 - Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) joined Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) in offering an amendment to the Senate immigration bill that would end judicial review in cases where an alien’s visa has been revoked after they enter the United States.This is a small step, but a vital one.
Currently, visas are approved or denied by consular officers while the applicant waits to enter our country. These decisions are final and cannot be appealed. However, if a visa is approved but later revoked while the alien is within the U.S., for reasons such as fraud or violating the terms of their visa, the decision can be reviewed by U.S. courts. This allows the alien to freely travel for months or years within the U.S. even though they may have entered fraudulently. The Grassley-DeMint amendment would close this loophole.Let's take a step that will allow us to separate the sheep from the goats, and move quickly when it's in our national interests to do so.
Of the 9-11 terrorists, 19 of the hijackers obtained 22 visas by lying on their applications and later violated the terms of the visas. The 9-11 Commission recommended we intercept terrorists and constrain their mobility. This amendment would help make that happen.