Gary Locke, the Chinese Ambassador from the United States to China recently publicly interviewed and handed out tourist visas to Chinese citizens as part of the Obama Regime re-election campaign. The visa interview Locke conducted was clearly a publicity stunt, but it was symptomatic of the new policy at American diplomatic posts in China to give out as many visas as possible to Chinese citizens, regardless of the massive fraud by those same Chinese citizens.
Department of State, AMEMB BeijingModerator: Now Ambassador Locke is going to personally hand the visas to some of these applicants, who represent the broad spectrum of Chinese travelers to the United States. We’re going to call them up one by one, by family, and then Ambassador Locke will conduct a Q&A.[Visas presented.]Ambassador Locke: And why are you traveling to the United States?Visa Recipient: To go to Los Angeles.Ambassador Locke: How long do you plan to visit the United States?Visa Recipient: About one month.Ambassador Locke: Is this your first visit to the United States?Visa Recipient: Yes, the first time to me.Ambassador Locke: Why do you want to visit the United States?Visa Recipient: Actually many Chinese want to travel to the U.S. to have a look, experience the U.S..Ambassador Locke: When you go to the United States, if you go to Los Angeles, are you going to go visit Disneyland?Visa Recipient: Yes, that’s one of our destinations because we are with kids.Ambassador Locke: Our family has traveled to Disneyland many, many times and we very much enjoy it. You’ll have fun.[Visa presented.]How about you, what are you looking forward to in visiting the United States?Visa Recipient: I’ve never been to the U.S. before.Ambassador Locke: What would you most looking forward to?Visa Recipient: Just for fun and go out, to Disneyland of course. [Laughter].Ambassador Locke: Enjoy the experience and good luck.And you’re visiting the United States for what purpose?Visa Recipient: For business.Ambassador Locke: What type of business are you in?Visa Recipient: I’m in the tourism industry.Ambassador Locke: And what cities do you hope to visit?Visa Recipient: Because our company’s office is in Washington, D.C., so we’re going to go to Washington D.C.. I’m going to lead a training there.Ambassador Locke: How long will you be there?Visa Recipient: About a week there.Ambassador Locke: Have you been to the United States before?Visa Recipient: Not yet.Ambassador Locke: When are you planning on traveling?Visa Recipient: Beginning of January.Ambassador Locke: It’s going to be cold back there.Visa Recipient: But that’s the training time.Ambassador Locke: Any other places you hope to see while you’re there on business?Visa Recipient: After D.C. and New York, I want to go to Florida.Ambassador Locke: Why Florida?Visa Recipient: I have to see Disney World. [Laughter].Ambassador Locke: You’ll have a great time.Visa Recipient: And it’s warm there.Ambassador Locke: You’re right, it’s very warm there.Visa Recipient: Thank you. Thank you for meeting you. It’s such an honor to see you.Ambassador Locke: Good luck to you.Visa Recipient: Thank you.[Visa presented.]
Now a real visa interview should have included much tougher questions, especially about the alien's intent, ties to his home, etc. But Locke's interview was probably the extent of the interview the recipients of the visas underwent with a Consular Officer. Obviously the Consular Officers are under extreme pressure to increase approvals of visa applications in a desperate attempt to buoy the economy before the election. The morons in the Regime obviously think a few dollars spent by Chinese will save Obama from electoral oblivion.
Of course, RINOs will only be too happy to sell Obama the rope by which they will loose the next election. Visa boosterism for Demoncrat illegal aliens is a common theme for the rent seeking tourism industry that is dependent on illegal alien workers. The demand for more illegal aliens disguised as tourists or as the salvation of American economic collapse continues today.
Bloomberg December 26, 2011This holiday season, millions of tourists visited the U.S. Given the economic benefits they bring, the U.S. should be working overtime to welcome their friends and families next year.An estimated 60 million international visitors arrived in the U.S. in 2011, spending about $150 billion, supporting nearly 2 million American jobs and accounting for more than one-quarter of U.S. service exports. From taxi fares to tchotchke purchases, tourists account for a big chunk of economic activity. States from New York (the most popular travel destination) to Colorado and Wyoming (both of which have a high concentration of jobs in tourism) depend on visitors’ dollars.The good news for Americans is that the U.S. is still the world’s biggest tourist destination by dollar value. (The U.S. ranks second after France as the world’s most popular destination.) After a fall in 2009, tourist arrivals climbed in 2010 and 2011. Still, as groups such as the U.S. Travel Association point out, the U.S. could be doing much better. Although global long-haul travel grew by 40 percent from 2000 to 2010, the U.S.’s share of the market dropped from 17 percent to 12.4 percent. Even taking into account the U.S.’s declining share of the global economy, that’s a steep dip.
And the good news is that recent legislation ended the policy of mandatory interviews of all visa applicants. The tourism industry seems to have already forgotten 9/11 where 19 tourists almost destroyed the American economy and killed a few people as well. None of them were interviewed.
A few sensible reforms could help break the logjams. These include inserting a corps of visa-adjudication officers in high- growth markets, creating video visa-interview centers for applicants who don’t live near a U.S. consulate, and relaxing the requirement for in-person visa interviews. Happily, all three of these proposals were incorporated in the omnibus budget legislation that President Barack Obama signed last week.
They got the "fast track" to a visa for terrorists. A clear lesson to the next group of jihadis who will commit the next 9/11.
US News And World Report December 12, 2001By Edward T. PoundThree of the hijackers in the September 11 terrorist attacks obtained visas in Saudi Arabia through a brand-new program designed to make it easier for qualified visa applicants to visit the United States, an American government official said tonight.The Visa Express program, put in place just four months before the attacks, allowed the three hijackers to arrange their visas through a State Department-designated travel agency, the official says. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers obtained their U.S. travel visas in Saudi Arabia.None of the three men, the American government official says, was ever questioned by U.S. consular officers in Saudi Arabia. Each took his travel papers and passport to a commercial travel agency, which submitted the applications to the State Department.
Repeating history. But then Obama thinks this is the U.S. of KKK A. A few more dead Americans means nothing to him. One would think that the WSJ and the tourism industry would know better, but clearly they don't.
Another point is that the travel industry is lying through their teeth about international travel to the United States. The rope-sellers claim that there are fewer foreign visitors to the U.S.
WaPo December 28, 2011 by Associated PressTourism leaders said the decline in foreign visitors over the past decade is costing American businesses and workers $859 billion in untapped revenue and at least half a million potential jobs at a time when the slowly recovering economy needs both.
In fact, that is an out right lie. Travel to the United States has been trending upwards for the last decade according to travel industry statistics.
There was a downward trend from 1999 to 2003, but that trended back up in 2004, with 2009 and 2010 well above 1999.
In fact 2010 was a record year with 59.7 million alien visitors to the United States, with 1999 having 48.5 million visitors.
And don't forget that half of the 11-20 million illegal aliens in the United States arrived ostensibly legally through inspection by an officer of the United States.