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U.S. Can’t Trace Foreign Visitors on Expired Visas

• NY Times
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.
 

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.

Last year alone, 2.9 million foreign visitors on temporary visas like Mr. Smadi’s checked in to the country but never officially checked out, immigration officials said. While officials say they have no way to confirm it, they suspect that several hundred thousand of them overstayed their visas.

4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Richard Stone
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This is the same government that can find illegal alliens to give them benifits at the taxpayers expense but can not find them to deport them. 

Comment by Lola Flores
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 This shouldn't surprise anybody.  They can trace a cow from outer space but they can't trace foreign visitors on expired visas.  They can tell what kind of toilet paper American citizens use but they can't trace foreign visitors on expired visas.  Still, they wanna sell the "terrorism" Boogieman...

Comment by Joseph Klein
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If Members of Congress, and Bush and Obama, wanted this issue resolved, it would have been. Just like securing the borders would have been. Or so many other critical issues would have been. Well, We the People know who are the accountable individuals by name, and, they will be held accountable!

Comment by Anonymous
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- the U. S. still has no reliable system for verifying that foreign visitors have left the country -

Neither does any other country.  It is a universal problem, which current technology can not correct. 


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