As the nation begins to commemorations of the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the means by which the Muslim terrorists entered the country still remain in place. In the wake of the attacks on New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC, the 911 Commission found that the attackers exploited a gaping hole in immigrant visa security that allowed them to remain in the country past their allotted time. This allowed them to board the ill-fated planes, overpower the crew, and carry out their murderous deeds.
Despite consensus on the part of security professionals on the need for reform, that security lapse remains in place. Former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, who chaired the 9/11 Commission, told reporters recently, “In too many cases that’s still happening — they come in legally, but we don’t know if they’ve left, and if they haven’t left, we don’t know where they are.” The commission investigated the attack and put together numerous suggestions for improving intelligence gathering and sharing, as well as security measures.
Kean said, “That is probably the most important unfulfilled recommendation,” in reference to the visa loophole.
Donald Trump’s immigration plan reflected a similar concern. He said recently, “For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed. The politicians are all talk, no action — never happens.” Focusing on the Obama/Clinton era, Trump said, “Hillary Clinton, all talk. Unfortunately, when there is action, it’s always the wrong decision. You ever notice? In my administration, we will ensure that this system is in place. And, I will tell you, it will be on land, it will be on sea, it will be in air. We will have a proper tracking system.”
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