Amid the talk about building a wall to secure the southern border of the United States to gain control over the flood of immigrants crossing into the country not only from Mexico and Central America, but from the Middle East who “blend in” with border crossers, little is being said about the equally concerning issue of those who overstay their visas, eventually disappearing into the population.

In fact, the 241-page report by the 9/11 Commission outlined the serious holes in the U.S. visa program that not only allowed all 19 of the hijackers to enter the country, but to remain long enough to complete their preparations for the attack.

On September 11, 2001, two of the terrorists had overstayed their visas without any contact by immigration authorities.

But when Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson addressed the issue on Monday, it was not to announce increased measures to follow-up on expired visas and plug the holes the 911 Commission identified, but to grant temporary amnesty to Syrians who are currently in the U.S. – legally or illegally.

The amnesty order came in the form of the issuance of “temporary protected status” (TPS) that allows at least 8,300 Syrians to stay until March 31, 2018.

Johnson’s order also gives the Syrians the right to apply for work permits, among other forms of documentation.

The Secretary cited the continued violence in Syria as justification for the move, saying it has “resulted in high levels of food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care,” and adding that the use of chemical weapons has created a humanitarian crisis.

Johnson failed to mention President Obama’s now famous “line in the sand” threat in 2012 when he warned Syrian President Assad that any use of chemical weapons against civilians would trigger a U.S. military response. When Assad ignored Obama, no consequences of any kind followed.

The failure of the president and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to manage the pullout of American troops from the region led to the massive instability that made the rise of ISIS possible.

The mass amnesty declared on Monday is yet another ill-conceived move by the Obama administration American citizens will be forced to accept.

 

 

 

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