A Department of Homeland Security official recently told a Senate panel the unchecked records backlog of 1.6 million foreigners has been reduced by more than half. The US-VISIT program has revealed 843,000 of the 1.6 million records belong to individuals who are no longer in the country or who have applied for a different visa status.
According to Rand Beers, undersecretary for DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate, the remaining records will be checked against a Customs and Border Protection travel history database and the National Counterterrorism Center.
Those records will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further checking. Beers said drivers licenses registries, telephone activation records and credit card applications will receive database crosschecking. The US-VISIT, a digital finger print system, began collecting the finger prints of visa holders entering the U.S. in 2006.