January 23, 2012, - 2:44 am
Whoever the Republican Presidential nominee is, let’s hope that, if elected to the White House, he turns off the spigot of visa rubber-stamping to America. (But don’t hold your breath.) Last week, Barack Hussein Obama announced that he was going to make it even easier for foreigners to come to America on visitor and student visas. He made the absurd announcement–appropriately–at Disney World. But he’s apparently already made it very easy for Saudi Muslims, to the detriment of America’s national security. Last year, Saudi applications for visas to the United States more than quadrupled from 25,000 in 2010 to 110,000 in 2011. Even worse is the fact that a whopping 93%–or 102,300– of these applications were approved, 75% of them–nearly 77,000–within a week (!) of the application.
(Saudi 9/11 Flag By David Lunde/Lundesigns)
That means that there was little–if any!–scrutiny and background check for most of these applicants from the country from which 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers emanated. Helloooo . . . ? Anyone home? It’s outrageous, but no one is paying attention. Nobody cares. We don’t know who they are–and neither does the government. The problem is that there are over 500,000 illegal aliens who are visa violators and/or overstays. And of those, we have no idea where they are or what they are planning. A good number of those are Muslims. And there’s no doubt that some of these 100,000-plus Saudi Muslims in America will become part of that number of illegals in our midst. Even if only one percent–or over a thousand Saudi Muslim aliens–are visa overstays, that’s 1,000 Saudi Muslims that could be up to no good, and we won’t find out until it’s too late. And that’s being optimistic.
More from Muslim Arab publication Asharq Al-Awsat:
The US embassy in Riyadh revealed that 110,000 Saudi nationals applied for a visa to visit the US in 2011, an increase of 25,000 from the previous year. The embassy also revealed that 93 percent of these visa applications were approved, and 75 percent of visa application approvals were issued within one week.
Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat, the US embassy’s Non-Immigrant Visa Chief, Robin A. Busse . . . called on Saudi students to apply as soon as possible for student visas to the US, saying this should be not less than 3 months before their course is set to begin.
As for claims that some questions contained on the visa application form are offensive, such as questions whether the applicant has every had any involvement with a terrorist organization or prostitution, he stressed that these questions are asked by US embassies across the world, under the US immigration act and approved by US congress.
For his part, US Consul General at the US embassy in Riyadh, Glen Keiser revealed that the number of Saudi Arabian nationals applying for visas to visit the US has risen by 100 percent over the past 4 years. He also revealed that more Saudi Arabians apply for visas to visit the US than any other nationality around the world.
Um, since we approved 93% of them and 75% within a week of applying, can you blame them? We are opening the floodgates to the country where Osama Bin Laden, were he alive today, would win free elections.
Statistics also revealed that 66,000 of the 110,000 Saudi visa applicants in 2011 applied for a visa at the Riyadh embassy, and that approximately a quarter of these applicants were seeking to study in the US.
Keiser also told Asharq Al-Awsat that the US visa application process is currently under review to make this faster and easier, and that this review is expected to make 35 percent of administrative procedures redundant.
HUH? This rubber-stamping process isn’t fast and easy enough???
Keiser added that the number of Saudi nationals seeking to obtain a visa to the US fell sharply following the 9/11 attacks, but this rose to and even outstripped previous levels in the subsequent years as relations improved between the two countries. Keiser said that the majority of visas to the US are granted to the private sector, and that 3 out of 4 Saudi applicants are businessmen.
BARF. I, frankly, don’t even understand why we have a visa process for Saudi Arabia and most of these countries, if we aren’t going to take the time to scrutinize those who want entry into America.
We might as well just say “come on in, future terrorists!” Marhaba [Arabic for "Welcome"]!
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