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Congress Can't Be Bothered Closing 9/11 Security Loophole

Congress Can't Be Bothered Closing 9/11 Security Loophole
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in northwest Washington, D.C. The department recently said nearly 740,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the country during a recent 12 month period overstayed their visas. This includes people who arrived in the U.S. by plane or boat but does not include ground border crossings. (Susan Walsh/AP)

By Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:18 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Security-conscious citizens will be startled to learn that 16 years after Saudi Arabian jihadis crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the woman who approved visas for 11 of the 19 hijackers is still on the State Department payroll.

Even better, PJMedia.com reports, Shayna Steinger now works as a foreign service officer for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. There her crack diagnostic and investigative abilities will be put to use preventing "the spread of weapons of mass destruction."

Something tells me both Iran and North Korea are lobbying to have her assigned as their nation’s senior case officer.

Steinger may a clueless cog in the machine who didn’t have the decency to resign, but her departure would have only been symbolic. The resignations we really need are the 535 members of Congress that allowed the visa loophole the Saudis exploited on 9/11 to remain open until today.

The Associated Press (AP) reports 740,000 foreigners overstayed their visa in the period from October of 2015 until September of 2016. And that only includes travelers that arrived by airplane or ship. It doesn’t include foot traffic.

That’s approximately 200,000 higher than in 2015. And it’s an incredible 314 percent increase over the number in 2001 when the U.S. first learned cost of not monitoring who is beginning their residence in the U.S. by breaking the law.

My 2001 figure is the product of the 2016 overstay rate times the number of visitors that year. It’s an estimate, but it’s the best we have since the so-called Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — which mostly provides job security for "public servants" — didn’t begin collecting overstay information until 2015. Before that date it was out of sight, out of mind. Until there’s an explosion or a mass shooting.

Open borders fanatics contend visa overstays are a victimless crime, when it’s really an "enforcement-less" crime. The highly motivated sleuths at DHS apprehend fewer than one percent of the overstays. For 2015, the number of deportations was a miniscule 2,500 — many of whom may have been captured when they tried to buy explosives from the FBI or fell asleep during the ISIS orientation and were swept up in the resulting dragnet.

Politicians will claim this is not their fault because they voted to require DHS to implement a biometric visa system to track entries and, more important, exits from the United States.

A fat lot of good that did.

Evidently the intelligence deep state can tell you every time President Trump requests Russian dressing for his salad, but DHS can’t devise a working visa database matching entries with exits. If U.S. insurance companies can track every American hiding a preexisting condition so he can be thrown out of the emergency room to set an example for other deadbeats, it would seem to me the federal government could track a bunch of foreigners who have already filled out the paperwork.

Homeland security is hell on docile travelers who present themselves at the airport for the federal massage prior to boarding an aircraft, but if national security requires leaving the office motivation plummets in direct proportion to the distance from air conditioning.

That’s why I propose an interim market-based solution to overstays to save money and keep DHS employees indoors — and out of the sun.

Thanks to the purchase of a calculator DHS can now tell us both the number and percentage of visa overstays for each visa category and country. The U.S. would be justified in requiring visitors from the nations with the highest percentage of overstays and the largest total of overstays to post a bond that’s refundable when the visitor leaves.

That way the onus for obeying the terms of the visa are on the visa recipient and not lethargic feds. A $1,500 bond would also cut down on the number of visa recipients that intend to become economic refugees the minute they exit the airport.

Yes, there will be complaints. So what? Universities whining about the cost to their foreign students can post the bond for them. The same goes for companies importing cheap labor.

But here’s the best part of my plan. When the visa expires without the holder reclaiming his bond, the bond is transformed into a bounty.

Each week DHS can post the visa information for those in violation and the market can work it’s magic. Free market bounty hunters will cause apprehension rates to soar, without costing taxpayers a dime.

The only losers will be Democrats, ethnic supremacists and cheap-labor exploiting employers.

As far as I’m concerned Congress has one of three options: Close the visa loophole before 2018, implement the bond and bounty system or be ready for a bounty on your head after the next large-scale terror attack.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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