H R 3525 in Congressional Session 107

Official Summary


Bill Number : H R 3525


Title : To enhance the border security of the United States, and for other purposes.


4/18/2002--Passed Senate amended.    (There are 2 other summaries) Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 -

Title I:

Funding - Directs the Attorney General, during each of FY 2003 through 2006, to increase the number of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) investigators and inspectors by at least 200 full-time employees over the number authorized by the USA PATRIOT ACT.Authorizes appropriations for INS, Border Patrol, and consular personnel, training, facilities, and security-related technology, effective October1, 2002. Provides for machine-readable visa fees.

Title II:

Interagency Information Sharing - Directs U.S. law enforcement and intelligence entities to share alien admissibility- and deportation-related information with INS and the Department of State until implementation of the information sharing plan provided for by this title.Amends the USA PATRIOT ACT to eliminate an Office of Homeland Security alien screening report requirement.Directs the President to: (1) report respecting admission- and deportation-related law enforcement and intelligence information needed by INS and the Department of State; and (2) develop a related information-sharing plan within 15 months of enactment of the USA PATRIOT ACT. Requires such plan to provide source and privacy protections. Provides criminal penalties for information misuse.Amends the USA PATRIOT ACT to advance the deadline from: (1) two years to one year for development and certification of a technology standard to certify the identity of alien applicants for admission; and (2) 18 months to six months for a related report.

(Sec. 202)

Directs: (1) INS to fully integrate its databases and data systems; and (2) the President to develop and implement an interoperable law enforcement and intelligence data system (Chimera system) (with name-matching and linguistic capacity, including at least four priority languages) for visa, admissibility, or deportation determination purposes, which shall include the INS integrated system.Directs the Central Intelligence Agency to issue certain reports and guidelines required under the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998.Authorizes appropriations for name search, linguistic, and reporting activities.

(Sec. 203)

Directs the President to establish the Commission on Interoperable Data Sharing, which shall: (1) monitor information misuse protections under the alien screening plan; (2) provide oversight of the interoperable data sharing system; and (3) report annually to Congress. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 204)

Authorizes the Attorney General, respecting the Chimera system, to hire necessary scientific, technical, engineering, and other personnel. Directs the Attorney General to report to the appropriate congressional committees concerning intended uses of authority and Government organization and employee-related provisions being waived.

Title III:

Visa Issuance - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) to direct the Secretary of State (Secretary), upon issuance of an alien visa, to provide INS with an electronic version of the alien's visa file prior to the alien's U.S. entry.

(Sec. 302)

Sets forth technology standard and interoperability requirements (including October 26, 2004 implementation deadlines) respecting development and implementation of the integrated entry and exit data system and related tamper-resistant, machine-readable documents containing biometric identifiers. Requires a visa waiver country, in order to maintain program participation, to certify by October 26, 2004, that it has a program to issue to its nationals qualifying machine-readable passports that are tamper-proof and contain biometric identifiers. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 304)

Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a Terrorist Lookout Committee at each U.S. mission, and report to the appropriate congressional committees respecting such Committees; (2) provide consular staff with visa screening training; and (3) provide for the use of terrorist-related intelligence in such activities' performance. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 306)

Prohibits the admission of an alien from a country designated to be a state sponsor of international terrorism (as defined by this Act) unless the Secretary has determined that such individual does not pose a risk or security threat to the United States.

(Sec. 307)

Conditions participation in the visa waiver program upon a country's timely reporting to the United States of its stolen blank passports. Reduces from five years to two years the required periodic evaluation of the program's effects on U.S. security and immigration interests.Requires INS to perform a check of lookout databases prior to permitting an alien's U.S. admission.

(Sec. 308)

Directs: (1) the Secretary and the Attorney General, as appropriate, within 72 hours of notification of a lost or stolen U.S. or foreign passport, to enter such passport's identification number into the interoperable data system; (2) the Attorney General to enter into the system such information on passports lost or stolen prior to the system's implementation; and (3) the Attorney General to enter such information into the interim system prior to the interoperable system's implementation.

(Sec. 309)

Directs the Attorney General to ensure that refugees and asylees are issued work authorizations, which shall contain fingerprint and photo identification.

Title IV:

Inspection and Admission of Aliens - Directs the President to study the feasibility of establishing a North American National Security Program (United States, Canada, Mexico), including consideration of alien preclearance and preinspection. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 402)

Amends the Act to: (1) require commercial aircraft or vessels arriving at, or departing from, the United States to provide United States border officers (as defined by this Act) with specified passenger, other occupant, and crew manifest information; (2) prohibit carrier entry until such information has been provided; (3) provide monetary and non-entry penalties for noncompliance; (4) require electronic manifest transmission by January 1, 2003; (4) provide the Attorney General with waiver authority; and (5) direct the President to conduct a feasibility study and report to Congress regarding such provisions' extension to commercial land carriers.

(Sec. 403)

Directs INS to adequately staff ports of entry.

(Sec. 404)

Authorizes United States border inspections agencies, including INS, to conduct joint United States-Canada inspection projects to provide for alternative inspection services and harmonized inspection criteria. Directs the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report annually to Congress.

Title V:

Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to direct the Attorney General to develop an electronic means of verifying and monitoring the foreign student and exchange visitor information program, including aspects of: (1) documentation and visa issuance; (2) U.S. admission; (3) institution notification; (4) documentation transmittal; and (5) registration and enrollment.Requires an institution to notify INS of the failure of a foreign student or exchange visitor to enroll within 30 days of the registration deadline.Increases student data collection requirements. Specifies information required for foreign student visa applications.Sets forth transitional foreign student monitoring requirements, including: (1) restrictions on visa issuance; (2) INS notification of visa issuance; (3) institution notification of U.S. entry; and (4) INS notification (by the institution) of failure to enroll. Directs the Attorney General to provide the Secretary with a list of institutions approved to accept foreign students or exchange visitors. Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 502)

Provides for INS and Department of State biennial review of institutions authorized to enroll or sponsor foreign students and exchange visitors.Provides that an institution's failure to comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements shall result in termination or at least a one year suspension of its approval to receive such students or exchange visitors.

Title VI:

Miscellaneous Provisions - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to extend the deadline for presentation of biometric border crossing identification cards.

(Sec. 602)

Directs: (1) the Comptroller General to determine the feasibility of requiring each nonimmigrant alien to report annually to INS respecting his or her address and employer's address; and (2) the Secretary and INS to study alternative approaches to for encouraging or requiring Mexico, Canada, and visa waiver countries to develop an intergovernmental network of interoperable international electronic data systems.

(Sec. 604)

States that this Act shall not be construed to impose requirements that are inconsistent with the North American Free Trade Agreement, or to require additional documents for certain nonimmigrant emergency or in-transit liens for whom documentary requirements are waived.

(Sec. 605)

Directs the Attorney General to report annually respecting aliens who fail to appear at removal proceedings after release on their own recognizance.

(Sec. 606)

Directs the Department of State to retain every nonimmigrant visa application in judicially and administratively admissible form for a period of seven years from the date of application.


Title : To enhance the border security of the United States, and for other purposes.
Votes in the US Senate
Roll NumberVote DateQuestionDescriptionVote Result
752002-04-18On the AmendmentH.R. 3525, as amended; Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002Agreed to
742002-04-18On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3162Byrd Amendment No. 3162; To require as a condition of a country's designation or continued designation as a program country under the Visa Waiver Program that the country reports to the United States Government the theft of blank passports issued by that country.Agreed to
732002-04-18On the Amendment S.Amdt. 3161Byrd Amendment No. 3161; To revise provisions relating to the compliance by institutions and other entities with record keeping and reporting requirements with respect to nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors.Agreed to
Votes in the US House
Roll NumberVote DateQuestionDescriptionVote Result
1312002-05-08On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Agree to Senate Amendments Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform ActP


Congressional Sponsors of H R 3525
Bill Number : H R 3525

Title : To enhance the border security of the United States, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [WI-9] (introduced 12/19/2001)      


Other Info

Bill Number : H R 3525

Title : To enhance the border security of the United States, and for other purposes.


2/19/2001:Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committees on Intelligence (Permanent Select), International Relations, Ways and Means, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. 1
2/19/2001:Referred to House Judiciary 1
2/19/2001:Referred to House Intelligence (Permanent Select) 1
2/19/2001:Referred to House International Relations 1
2/19/2001:Referred to House Ways and Means 1
2/19/2001:Referred to House Transportation and Infrastructure 1
2/19/2001 5:34pm:Mr. Sensenbrenner moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. 1
2/19/2001 5:34pm:Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H10465-10476) 1
2/19/2001 5:34pm:DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 3525. 1
2/19/2001 6:15pm:On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H10465-10471) 1
2/19/2001 6:15pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. 1
2/19/2001 6:15pm:The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 3525. 1
2/20/2001:Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
4/11/2002:Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.
4/12/2002:Measure laid before Senate. (consideration: CR S2609-2623)
4/15/2002:Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2643-2659)
4/18/2002:Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S2916-2932)
4/18/2002:Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 97 - 0. Record Vote Number: 75. (text: CR
4/22/2002 S3106-3108)
4/22/2002:Message on Senate action sent to the House.
5/7/2002 5:59pm:Mr. Sensenbrenner moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments. (consideration: CR H2137-2142)
5/7/2002 5:59pm:DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on the motion to suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments to H.R. 3525.
5/7/2002 6:17pm:At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 5, rule I, the chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed until May 8.
5/8/2002 12:01pm:On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendments Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 411 - 0, 2 Present (Roll no. 131). (consideration: CR H2179-2180; text: CR 05/07/2002 H2138)
5/8/2002 12:01pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
5/8/2002 12:02pm:Pursuant to the provisions of S. Con. Res. 106, enrollment corrections on H.R. 3525 have been made.
5/8/2002:Cleared for White House.
5/8/2002:Presented to President.
5/14/2002:Signed by President.
5/14/2002:Became Public Law No: 107-173.