Training, SEVIS, and NSEERS: Will They Stop Terrorists from Entering the U.S.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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In order to commit attacks against the U.S. homeland, terrorists must enter the country. Stopping their entry is key to preventing attacks. The 911 Commissions Staff Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 911 and Terrorist Travel, identified pre-911 gapsweaknesses in U.S. immigration, visa, customs, and border security systems. This thesis will consider the implementation of the 911 Commissions key recommendations for immigration 1 provide standardized operational training and additional guidance to immigration, visa, and customs personnel, 2 establish a foreign student visa compliance and tracking system, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, SEVIS, and 3 develop and implement the National Security Exit and Entry Registration System NSEERS. This thesis will also assess the effectiveness of these policies as counterterror measures to determine if they can stop terrorists from entering the U.S. Bruce Schneiers Beyond Fear Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World provides a five-step model to analyze and evaluate security systems, technologies, and countermeasures. His model will be applied to assess the implementationeffectiveness of the three key recommendations. To effectively establish priorities and efficiently allocate resources, policymakers require assessments of implemented homeland security recommendations. This thesis offers such an assessment.
- Sociology and Law
- Civil Defense