From, of all places, the New York Times…
U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign
Visitors on Expired Visas
By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON
Published: October 11, 2009 DALLAS — Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country.
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi entered the United States legally, but then overstayed his visa.
Mr. Smadi rented an apartment even though his visa expired.
New concern was focused on that security loophole last week, when Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, a 19-year-old Jordanian who had overstayed his tourist visa, was accused in court of plotting to blow up a Dallas skyscraper
Seems as though I recall the USDA tracking down a specific cow a couple of years ago that was imported from Canada and suspected to have “Mad Cow Disease”. If my memory is correct, we should turn immigration over to the USDA.
That aside, the article notes that it’s estimated that up to 40% of the people who are currently in the US illegally came on a visa and overstayed it. And the Department of Homeland stupidity Security just has no clue where they might be.
I could probably write about 10,000 words on this, but – you’re welcome Neil – I won’t. Primarily because, for this audience, I don’t think I need to. Wow.