One-Way Trips to U.S. Frustrate Immigration Authorities

Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times, May 27, 2013

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{snip} The U.S. government does not check documents of everyone who exits the country, so authorities often don’t know whether foreign tourists, students and workers with temporary visas ever leave.

Conventional wisdom holds that most of the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in America illegally sneaked across the southern border. But Homeland Security Department officials estimate up to 40%—or 4.4 million people—arrived on legal visas and never departed.

Foreigners entering the United States at airports and seaports are required to scan all 10 fingers in a fingerprint device and submit to a high-resolution photograph for facial recognition software. The data are shared with federal agencies for law enforcement purposes but aren’t checked by immigration authorities when the visitor leaves.

Keeping track of departures may change if Congress passes the immigration law overhaul that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21 and heads to the Senate floor for debate next month.

A provision in the bill would create a biometric tracking system that could take fingerprints, retina scans or other unique identifying data from foreign passengers boarding international flights in the nation’s 30 busiest airports within six years. U.S. citizens would be exempt.

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Homeland Security Department officials say the proposed fix is unnecessary. They are already building a computerized system to check information from airline reservations—name, age, gender and other personal data—against immigration databases.

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After two homemade bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, the FBI admitted it didn’t know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects, had visited the restive Caucasus region of Russia for several months in 2012. FBI agents had questioned him in 2011 after Russian intelligence warned he may have had ties to Islamic militants, but were not notified by immigration officials when he left the U.S.

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Another figure in the case, Azamat Tazhayakov, a student from Kazakhstan, was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice for allegedly throwing away evidence he had taken from Dzhokhar’s dormitory room. Tazhayakov entered the U.S. in January even though his student visa had been terminated.

The toughest departures to track are land crossings.

Canadian authorities last year began to share foreign travelers’ data with U.S. officials from four border crossings—two in New York and two in Washington state—and plan to expand to the rest of the northern border this summer. U.S. officials would like similar data from the southern border, but Mexican immigration officials don’t have a computer system at crossing points to collect the data.

Since 1996, Congress has ordered immigration officials to use biometric screening at land crossings. The Sept. 11 Commission recommended a similar system. But Congress has yet to appropriate the money. {snip}

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  • The__Bobster

    I been to countries like Brazil, where the authorities not only check on you every step of the way but also make sure that you are not taking work away from the natives.

    And, of course, you have to keep your papers on you all the time. Funny how the enablers of the ugly brown squat monster invaders think that’s a bad thing.

    • borogirl54

      I agree. Is the government that lazy? Or they do not care at all.

      • RisingReich

        I hope this is a rhetorical question.

      • sbuffalonative

        It’s been parasitized by ‘progressive’ liberals who champion so-called ‘human rights’. Human rights seems to mean ‘what is yours is mine’.

        • Paleoconn

          Yeah, apparently it is a human and civil right to be able to move unfettered into any country one chooses.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            It’s a civil and human right to be able to move ONLY into White countries.

            Bon

          • Bossman

            In an ideal world that is the way it should be.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          “Human Rights” means what is non-White belongs to non-Whites. What is White also belongs to non-Whites.

          • One of my high school friends had a marriage like that. His ex-wife reckoned that her money was her money and his money was their money. In retrospect, it’s a pity he left the navy for her.

    • Bossman

      They don’t have the technology to do that. What they have is a very good ability to spot a foreigner in their country. I’ve been there also.

    • When we lived in Britain, my ex-father had to show proof of employment and proof that we would someday leave. This was a friendly NATO ally!

  • The__Bobster

    After two homemade bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, the FBI admitted it didn’t know that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the two suspects, had visited the restive Caucasus region of Russia for several months in 2012
    _________

    The whole refugee industry needs to be put out of business. Speed Bump was able to return home and his daddy returned home and stayed there. How are they refugees?

  • edwina

    what kind of country allows, even encourages illegal visa, immigration etc?

    a lost country led by corrupt officials, many, many corrupt officials

    • tickyul

      YUP, USA…….hopelessly insane and corrupt.

      • StillModerated

        KwAmerika! Land of the freebie and home of the slave.

        • tickyul

          AND……land of the wimpy Whites…who suck-up to Urban American savages every change they get.

    • MBlanc46

      The officials are just doing their job keeping cheap labor streaming in for the economic elite.

  • RisingReich

    Yeah right – the new immigration bill “would create a biometric database and foreigners would be required to be scanned and US “citizens” would be exempt.”

    If you believe this you are incredibly stupid. The way this country is going – the database and system will be used to keep fleeing White-Americans from LEAVING.

    The powers that be know this farce of a country would wither away rather rapidly if Whitey flees and doesn’t cough up taxes.

    • NYB

      That’s why Mandela wants the whites to stay in South Africa as second class citizens. If the whites leave his beloved people will return to savagery.

      • MBlanc46

        They’ve never left savagery. But the ANC does need the white elites to keep the money pouring in.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Every workers paradise had to shoot escapees.

      Communism (which is the way this country is going) is totally discredited by the simple fact that it had to shoot escapees.

      Bon

      • When my ex-father married a Russian gal, I believe she had to reimburse the Soviet government for the cost of her education. Sadly, only fiction has to make sense. I was interviewed by the FBI over his marriage, and told them quite honestly that I didn’t think she was a spy or that he had been “turned”. Their questions didn’t involve wife-beating or child-abuse, but yes, the USSR let her go. Her parents got to visit her in Boulder, though never both at the same time, because they would have stayed. You’d think a decorated war hero would be given some trust in this respect, but they also sent him to the gulag after the war was over.

        China is more reasonable and practices State Capitalism.

        • evilsandmich

          Chinese citizens still need to play the ‘exit visa game’, and it’s not universal. If a Chinese citizen gets an exit visa to the U.S., then that’s the only nation that they can travel to (for the time frame that the visa is valid), otherwise they have to apply for another exit visa.

  • MikeS

    The government has no interest whatsoever in keeping tabs on foreigners inside the US. This way when a terrorist or other wacko sets off a bomb or whatever, the government can justify and rationalize its incompetence and ineptness simply by bringing in Sergeant Schultz to answer questions.

    • Bossman

      It is not because they have no interest in doing it but it is because they can’t. Keeping tabs on millions who are coming and going is much more difficult than you think. Besides, the USA has historically sold itself as a welcoming land of freedom.

      • MikeS

        “Besides, the USA has historically sold itself as a welcoming land of freedom.”
        ————————-

        That is one of the biggest fables ever told concerning American History. It wasn’t the average American citizen who laid out welcome mats along the USA’s borders and it certainly wasn’t the average American citizen who was doing the “selling” of the USA’s image.

        They also have the capability to monitor everyone and everything; it’s just that they’re inept and inefficient when it comes to interpreting the data. This is what happens when there are way more bosses than there are workers.

  • Romulus

    The primary goal, i suspect, is to en-force the peace while making europeans the minority in the home of the brave. It would obviate a democratic super majority voting bloc. Why the non stop deconstruction of our culture? The 24/7 miscegenation,homosexual,feminist, and emasculation propaganda. Which ,of course,all serve to keep our numbers down.

    On a lighter note, I trust all my fellow patriots had a wonderful holiday and kept the memory of our forbears close to their hearts. May old glory forever fly in your honor!!

  • Tinker Tailor

    “Did you ever happen to think, Dr. Haber, that there might be other people who dream the way I do? That reality is being changed out from under us, replaced, renewed, all the time — only we don’t know it? Only the dreamer knows it, and those who know his dream. If that’s true, I guess we’re lucky not knowing it. This is confusing enough.” – George Orr. http://youtube.com/watch?v=M8VRbaVNvSA

  • IstvanIN

    I remember as a little kid, probably the late 1960s, those commercials telling aliens they had to register at the Post Office. Anyone else remember those? How did they keep track of foreigners back then?

    This is nothing but hooey by the way, the technology to track the comings and goings of people leaving and entering the country via our airports has been around for ages.

    • sbuffalonative

      Which only goes to prove our government wants to keep this ‘broken immigration system’ in place.

    • Bossman

      No! It Hasn’t. The USA is a very big country. Millions enter and leave every year. If anyone tell you that it is easy to keep track of such huge numbers, it is because they know nothing about computers and data processing.

      • Greg Thomas

        The IRS has no problems keeping track of millions of people.

        • Bossman

          That system is more static and it is a yearly system. Keeping track of millions of visitors is more dynamic; Some people cross the land borders several times per day. Updating a massive database several times per day would be just too much for any computer.

          • Greg Thomas

            Then perhaps weshould make the system more “static, as well as yearly.” Sure beats what we have now, which is letting them in and forgetting about them. Nevertheless,you can probably guess by now, that I do not question our ability, but our desire to do this. If it were a priority, it would be done. Simple as that. Moreover, when has this government ever been afraid to hire extra people.It’s not as if this government runs lean.

  • sbuffalonative

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform , as it stands, is amnesty.

    There is no comprehensive reform included; only vague promises that something will be done to fix a broken system with the details to be worked out later.

    The Gang of Eight is right. Our immigration system is broken. What they’re not saying is that they have no intention of fixing the problems.

    • Bossman

      So you are agreeing with them that it is broken? If the immigration system is broken, don’t you want it fixed? If they can’t fixed it, it is because the problem is just too big.

      • Greg Thomas

        Perhaps the way to fix the system is to stop letting so many people in, especially those who are resoponsible for “breaking the system” in the first place.

      • Non Humans

        What’s so big about it that it can’t be fixed? Seal the borders, deport the illegal invaders, impose a moratorium on immigration. Simple! Where it gets complicated is at the point that the elites lose their low wage laborers and also their war on the white middle class.

        • Greg Thomas

          Yes, those who do not want illegal invaders deported; always decry how “complicated” enforcing our laws and deporting illegal invaders will be. Or that the problem is “too big” and the only solution is to legalize illegal invading criminals because enforcement will never work.

  • bigone4u

    Make em all wear ankle bracelets like Lindsay Lohan. Have em report to the equivalent of probation officers. Geez, the USA federal government is FUBAR.

  • IKantunderstand

    Come on now, the only people our so called government is concerned about is us. Period. They are not concerned about Chechnyans, or any other other hostiles. They are only concerned about about “right wing radicals” AKA White people whose ancestors have fought and died for this country, who still embrace the pioneer and do or die philosophy. They are dumbing done our children, they are polluting our culture and making it obsolete! Did you hear about the dance performance where the dancers pooped on stage? (If they were so moved?) Are you f’ing kidding me? Is this what we have been reduced to? I brought up the killing of the British soldier by Muslims in England at a Memorial Day barbecue at a relative’s house. Only one person out of ten, had heard about it. We Whites are so busy trying to earn a living, and maintaining our yards and cleaning our houses and, you know, living lives as God fearing, taxpaying citizens, that we literally don’t have the time to pay attention to the news. And, even if we do pay attention, we tune into the absolute worst sources of the news. I’m not gonna lie. I had people enhtralled with my tales of Muslim malfeasance. It was all news to them. I hope they learned something. Probably not. One glimmer of hope, one person wrote down my suggested websites. Too little, too late?

    • NYB

      A thousand times a day this needs to be done, in schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

      Gently and patiently we must nudge the political barometer to the right.

  • r j p

    If they do not have round-trip tickets, they should not be let in. When they choose to ignore the return leg, that becomes their problem and they should be dealt with.
    .
    I looked into a “teaching English class” and they told us if we were to go to certain countries, we would have to leave and return every so often. Rules apply to us, but not the garbage they pawn off on us.
    .
    When was the last time you saw Mexican in the US that had the characteristics of it Mexico’s rulers?
    You won’t. They don’t leave for “greener lawns to mow”. Only the little brown squat monsters leave.

  • NYB

    The entire system of immigration is rigged to grow the population for the benefit of the most wealthy economic stakeholders.

    Foreigners overstaying visas were just viewed as any other migrant – more labor and more consumption to drive ‘growth’.

    • MBlanc46

      This is exactly right. That’s why it doesn’t matter which party you vote for. Both parties are the clients of those wealthy economic stakeholders. It might be possible for a political movement to arise that could end massive immigration without changing the underlying economic system, but I think it’s very unlikely that this will happen.

  • itdoesnotmatter

    I’m apoplectic thinking about this:

    when he has finished his role in destroying this country with third
    world aspiring terrorists and welfare dependent immigrant hordes, Obama and his equine faced beard and the two niglets will retire to a recently purchased [down payment put up by a “donor”] $35,000.000 estate on Oahu.
    Oahu, surrounded by crystalline blue water, a natural immigration barrier, has no brown squat monsters sneaking over the border, no AK47 armed blacks running wild in the streets, enjoys a very high standard of living, has low unemployment, zero crime on that posh bit of the island. The Prodigal Son returns to Paradise where he can work on his library and put together another ghost written book that is all about I, I, I, I., ME, ME, ME, the title more than likely, “How I and I Alone Killed Bin Laden and Defeated Al Qaeda.”
    And we are left behind to clean up the mess.
    Where did I put that cold cloth?

    • IstvanIN

      I wonder if his Presidential Library will be there or in Chicongo?

      • MBlanc46

        I hope not in Chicago.

        • r j p

          Of course it will be in Chicago. Plenty of blocks on the southside with only five houses on them. Chicago was where he was free to be a homosexual … even at church.
          .
          The next 3.x years are going to be long. He is going to try to f*ck white people out of their rights and instill his people in high offices until he is out of office.

          • itdoesnotmatter

            I fear you are spot on, r j p.

            The man hates this country and its culture, the military, and us, the white working class. His timeline/history and books reveal the man and his mission.

            Scarier, observing his body language which is an absolute, unmistakable “tell,” one can see he means to stick it to us.

          • MBlanc46

            It’s a bit difficult to picture one of those presidential monuments on the rubble-strewn wasteland of the South Side. I know the Michael Reese site is available. Still, I hope that, since he’s going to live in Hawaii, he’ll take his library with him.

    • r j p

      Obama will retire to Hawaii because it is the only state with an “immigration policy”. Hawaii knows 99.999% of the people on the islands at any time.
      .
      The Obamas are the scum of the earth and know they are subject to be treated as such, which is why they will never return to Illinois.

      • itdoesnotmatter

        “Obama will retire to Hawaii because it is the only state with an “immigration policy.”

        Stunning hypocrisy, isn’t it? If they were anyone but BHO and his beard, I wouldn’t believe it. True to his malignant narcissism, BHO thinks we cannot see through him. A good analogue is that of the toddler who has not yet grasped the concept of I-Thou, still unaware that he is not the center of the universe. If a toddler hides his eyes, he thinks no one can see him. BHO is still that emotionally immature toddler.
        You’re right about Hawaii’s tight monitoring of dodgy citizens’ whereabouts and LE’s zero tolerance for skullduggery, but I think you may be wrong about Illinois’ love for the Obamas, r j p.
        What do you want to wager that Chicago would vs would not welcome these scumbags back with huzzahs and a ticker-tape parade?.

  • StillModerated

    I guess it must be time to remove the plaque from the Statue of Liberty with that guff about the tired, poor, wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    • r j p

      Destroy it and raise a flag on the rubble. A new confederate flag.

    • evilsandmich

      We should re-gift that thing to China and call it the ‘Statue of Economic Freedom’ or something, and do up some snarky poem on the book about how grateful we are that they enslaved their population and polluted
      their environment so that we could have never ending sacks of cheap plastic junk.

  • Nocturna

    Border security is a joke. Entrance security is more important than exit but if that isnt enforced it makes little difference. Now if you will excuse me, I have a slight case of VERTIGO…

  • Bobby

    The immigration issue is a complete waste of time—IN THE WAY THAT IT IS NOW BEING FOUGHT. Writing letters to Congressmen and Senators that are in the pockets of ETHNIC LOBBIES, BUSINESS LOBBIES, LEFTIST COMMUNIST IDEOLOGUES, THE LEFTIST EDUCATION SYSTEM, is pointless. THE ONLY WAY, that Americans who want a safe and sane society are going to get one, is through pure, intense, uncompromising WILLPOWER. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. THE EXISTING POWER STRUCTURE, THE CONGRESS AND SENATE, ARE NEVER GOING TO CHANGE UNLESS THEY ARE FORCED TO BY AN EXERTION OF WILL SO STRONG THAT NOTHING, NO REASON AT ALL, CAN STOP IT. The problem is, Americans are not up to that task. They won’t get together and they won’t change. I believe it’s far too late
    The creation of ethnostates or an ethnostate is the only possible solution. The political structure in place now, with European-Americans being attacked in universities, and as a matter of default by all governmental organizations, will never again allow for European Americans to shape and guide the country into the direction that is compatible with their very natures. Arizona, for example,.is bringing back the Mexican-American studies program, that was dismantled not that long ago. The revanchists, the Mexican Power groups, supported by the left, with YOUR TAX DOLLARS, has once again overwhelmed the will of American citizens in an American state. This is one example why it is far too late to change ANYTHING THAT BENEFITS WHITES in the existing power structure.