DHS to track immigrants who overstay visas

The case of Amine El-Khalifi has highlightened the issue of immigrants who overstay visas.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing its plan for a biometric data program to help track immigrants who overstay their visas.

John Cohen, the department's deputy counter terrorism coordinator, told a House Homeland Security subcommittee Tuesday that department officials "are putting the finishing touches on a report right now" and will present it to Congress within weeks.

Cohen was testifying about the problem of immigrants who overstay their visas.

A Moroccan national arrested last month in a parking lot wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest has been living illegal in the United States since his tourist visa expired in 1999.

The criminal case against Amine El Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria, Va., has renewed the debate about how the U.S. government - a decade after the terror attacks of 2001 - routinely fails to track millions of foreign visitors who remain in the country longer than they are allowed.