I hate being right, because it means that the danger to this country is increasing every day. The New York Times and the U.S. Travel Association have just confirmed my observations about the Obama Regime's plan to end enforcement of U.S. immigration law at our borders. Both the NYT and the USTA claimed that it was not Obama's conceit that ruined Chicago's bid for the Olympics, but the fact that the U.S. doesn't just wave aliens into the U.S. at our borders. http://www.ustravel.org/pressmedia/pressrec.asp?Item=997 and http://intransit.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/02/chicagos-loss-is-passport-control-to-blame/
My initial reaction here: http://federaleagent86.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcoming-illegals.html
It appears that the long campaign by the USTA allied with the radical left and Mexican revanchists is bearing fruit and our borders will soon be open, just as they were before 9/11. Remember, only one of the 21 Muslim terrorists involved in 9/11 were turned away at an international airport.
The USTA will only be happy when more World Trade Centers come crashing down in flames. It appears that capitalists will not only sell the rope that will hang them, but we will give a visa and a hearty welcome to those who will hang us, or burn us, or blow us up.
And for those who know nothing about entering the U.S. with a passport at an international airport. Aside from waiting in line, which other countries have as well. It consists of a 30 second interview by a Customs and Border Protection Officer and giving up a set of fingerprints. That is hardly a "harrowing experience" as the radicals are claiming.
“'It’s clear the United States still has a lot of work to do to restore its place as a premier travel destination,' Roger Dow, U.S. Travel’s president, said in the statement released today. 'When IOC members are commenting to our President that foreign visitors find traveling to the United States a ‘pretty harrowing experience,’ we need to take seriously the challenge of reforming our entry process to ensure there is a welcome mat to our friends around the world, even as we ensure a secure system.'”
Tell me Roger Dow, or should I call you Benedict Arnold, just how harrowing is a 30 second interview and giving up your fingerprints? Not very in my book. And it certainly is better than the physical abuse and corruption you find at the immigration and customs services in Brazil. http://ideas.repec.org/p/iza/izadps/dp2836.html Or how about it when they go on strike? http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P1-93416394.html Here is the story on the backup of goods that need to be inspected in Brazil: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-9133847_ITM More corruption and incompetance: http://www.unodc.org/pdf/brazil/word_midia/Brazil_tackles_smuggling_drugs.doc
I will however concede one point, Customs and Border Protection is understaffed at all U.S. airports, but that is a deliberate policy to save money on salaries, not to make visitors's experience "harrowing." So, the long lines that many international travelers experience is based on a lack of proper staffing, not hostility to visitors. Though I will admit that when employees are forced to work a six-day week year in and out, that does significantly lower their customer service skills. But, again, that is not because we are too strict on who we let in, but because of understaffing.