The Obama Regime has suddenly got tough on aliens. Not tough on Somali terrorists, they got an extension of the misnamed Temporary Protected Status while they continue with their Islamic terrorism. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=307d5a4a03f1e010VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=609d3591ec04d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD Not tough on Mexico for allowing so many illegals in the U.S. As a matter of fact, Mexico got tough on Canada, requiring Canadian diplomats to get visas to visit Mexico because Canada now requires that all Mexicans have visas to visit. http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=n164122227
No, the Obama Regime got tough love for Hondurans with visas. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/28/AR2009072802977_pf.html (h/t doubleplusundead http://doubleplusundead.mee.nu/) The Regime cancelled visas for certian Hondurans in their establishment who supported the impeachment and removal of Manuel Zelaya. The Obama Regime threatens to revoke even more visas of Honduran officials and their families.
Money quote: "State Department spokesman Ian Kelly did not identify the Hondurans whose visas were yanked, but he indicated that other officials also could have their visas revoked. He said U.S. authorities were reviewing the visas of all members of the current government and their dependents."
Now, the revocation of visas is a very powerful tool. The Jorge Bush Administration never used it against our enemies and their allies. Most of the Third World elite and their dependants have visas authorizing travel to the U.S., especially student visas for university education. Many of the Third World elite also illegally send their minor children to the U.S. to get free K-12 education. Revocation of visas is a grave blow to the prestige and travel opportunities for these officials. Of course it is being done by the Obama Regime to further the cause of Marxism in Latin America.
However, why have no other Adminstration ever used this power? When I worked at the late unlamented Immigration and Naturalization Service, the State Department would routinely claim that they could not revoke a visa, which, of course, was a lie. I would often try and get them to revoke visas or refugee status of criminal aliens and those using non-immigrant visas to live in the U.S. who had arrived in the U.S. in order to more easily remove those aliens. The State Department never acted, but they had the authority.
Think of what problems could have been solved by revoking the visas of recalcitrant foreign officials? Few know that most of the Iranian dictatorship send relatives to the U.S. to both live and get education at our universities. What if we cut off visas to Iranians? Imagine the pressure put on the dictators by their families who depend on traveling to the U.S.?
What if we cut off visas to Chinese? Imagine the pressure that hundreds of thousands of Chinese would put on the communist dictatorship if they lost out on their student and immigrant visas? We have enormous power that was not used after the Tiananmen Massacre or after the attack in the early Jorge Bush Administration on a U.S. Navy plane? Or open up Chinese markets to U.S. manufactured goods and demand that the Chinese protect U.S. intellectual property?
How about cutting off access to the U.S. by the Mexican elite? No more Sunday trips to the U.S. for SF 49ners games, shopping in San Diego or free medical care in Texas hospitals? We could easily force them to build a wall to stop illegal immigration by just threatening to cancel visas for the elite.
Cancelling visas held by the elite of Third World countries is a powerful weapon. Why don't we use it more often? Or more intelligently?