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New border security system raises cost-benefit concerns

A mammoth border-security program is the next big thing—at least the next big planned thing—on the horizon at the Department of Homeland Security. Dubbed U.S. VISIT, the program will attempt to track the arrival and departure of those foreign visitors who are required to have visas. But actually accomplishing that deceptively simple-sounding task will almost certainly be far more difficult and expensive than the Bush administration has let on. And the security payoff may be minimal. How much safer will U.S. VISIT make the nation? “Truthfully, probably not a whole lot safer,” says former Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner James Ziglar, who left office last December before his agency was broken in two and folded into the new department. “If the idea is that this is going to stop terrorists from coming into the country, it’s not going to accomplish that—although it may have some beneficial deterrent effect,” he predicts. Full Story

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