WASHINGTON, D.C.óToday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Vice-Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee and Chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus, issued the following statement on H.R. 2278, the Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act (H.R. 2278), also known as the SAFE Act. It passed the House Judiciary Committee this week.
The SAFE Act aims to strengthen and expand interior immigration enforcement, and it includes language authored by Congressman Poe. The Poe Language mandates that the Department of Homeland Security establish a biometric entry and exit data system at each port of entry in the United States so that the country can keep better track of who is here on a visa and for what duration. Congressman Poeís standalone bill to protect the border, The SMART Border Act (H.R. 2200), also contains the provision.
ìOur immigration system is broken, largely because we have no idea who is in the United States at any given moment,î said Rep. Poe. ìImplementing a mandatory biometric entry and exit data system at the borderówhat I call ìslide and glideî---would change that. Forty-percent of the 11 million undocumented individuals living in the United States entered legally but overstayed their visa. A biometric system would tackle this problem by giving law enforcement the ability to identify who comes, who goes and who stays.î