House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) last week announced the creation of a new Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. The panel will be comprised of five Republican and three Democratic Committee Members.
According to Chairman McCaul, the panel will begin its work in March and will provide a final report with its findings later this year.
In a statement released by McCaul upon announcing the Task Force, the Chairman said, “In the current threat environment, stopping terrorists will continue to be a top Committee priority. Closing gaps in our counterterrorism screening and vetting procedures is especially important in the face of continuing global instability and the desire of ISIS and other terrorist groups to strike the West. The Task Force Members have a difficult mission ahead of them, but the threat is real and we must act in close coordination with the Administration to best protect Americans from those who wish us harm.”