Replacing the in-person inspections process with a kiosk.
My article addresses a component of the failed immigration system that has been all but ignored by Congress and journalists, the way that the inspections process is conducted at ports of entry by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors.
The debates about immigration have centered on the need to secure the border that is supposed to separate the United States from Mexico. Indeed, that border must be made secure. There should be no debate about this issue. However, there are many other components to the immigration system. This was the focus of my July 7, 2014 article for FrontPage Magazine:
The inspections process conducted at ports of entry is one I am extremely familiar with- I began my career with the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) as an Immigration Inspector assigned to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York in 1971. I remained in that position until 1975 when I became an INS Special Agent.
That process is essential to national security and is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens into the United States who would pose a threat to the safety and wellbeing of America and Americans. The system has not been as nearly effective or successful as it needs to be. The fact is that it has been estimated that 40% of all illegal aliens present in the United States did not run our borders and evade the inspections process but, in fact, entered the United States and went on to violate the terms of their admission.
The presence of these millions of illegal aliens contribute to the massive population of illegal aliens and overwhelms the immigration system. This further undermines the integrity of the immigration system and, in point of fact, the 9/11 Commission made a number of recommendations about the way that this vital process needs to be enhanced- all of the 9/11 terrorists were lawfully admitted into the United States as have other terrorists, criminals and fugitives.
So much attention has been paid to the need to construct a fence on the U.S./Mexican border- and of course that border must be made secure, yet the means of entry for millions of illegal aliens- the fatally flawed “legal” means by which aliens who enter the United States and then violate the terms of their admission is not being made more effective but is actually being made less effective- primarily to satisfy the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a host of other deep-pocketed organizations who are getting the “best government money can buy!”
The Visa Waiver Program that enables aliens who are citizens of participating countries to enter the United States without first applying for and receiving a visa should have ended the day after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. However, on that horrific day nearly 14 years ago the list of those countries included 26 countries. Today that list has grown to 38 countries- even as ISIS and other terror organizations seek to recruit Europeans and citizens of other countries that participate in that dangerous and wrong-headed program.
If this program did not create unacceptable vulnerabilities for America and Americans, you will likely be shocked and infuriated to find out how this inspections process is now being conducted at a growing number ports of entry across the United States for broad categories of aliens seeking to enter the United States.
Politicians who pander to deep-pocketed contributors and/or to special interest groups that promise to deliver blocks of votes need to come to the stark realization that they are undermining national security and the wellbeing of the very constituents and indeed, all American citizens. The political calculus that they are doing to appease those to whom they have come to depend must take much more into account- the future of our nation and our citizens.