Thursday, November 16, 2006

We Don't Know If They're Coming Or Going

Here's some not unexpected, but still distressing news from The Arizona Republic. If you fly into the United States from a foreign country you'll have your picture and fingerprints taken and your passport examined so officials can make sure you are who you say you are. So far, so good. But, if you return home chances are no one will even know.

Five years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this government still hasn't developed a system to track whether foreigners have left the country when their visas expire. Add to that their complete failure to secure our northern and southern borders and our ports and you have evidence of gross malfeasance on the part of the President and Congress.

"I don't think most of the Congress understands that the problem of unauthorized migration is one that occurs beyond the Southwest border," said Deborah Meyers, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute. "If they were to pay more attention to that, I think they would be more interested in the exit system."

Well, it's my perception that Congress neither understands, nor cares. The most depressing part is I'm starting to wonder if the citizens do.

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