Department of Misplaced Persons

Next time you’re quietly fuming as you submit to a TSA patdown, think about this: the Department of Homeland (in)Security readily admits they haven’t kept track of thousands of foreign ‘students’ admitted into the country under student visas.

You know, the type of visa many of the 9/11 hijackers used to enter the country:

The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”

Gee, ya think?

I know I speak for many when I say I don’t expect anyone to, you know, lose their job over this, or at least face a demotion.  Accountability is so alien to our government anymore that it would be a shock on par with the Horsemen of the Apocalypse to see it occur.  It’s nice that Peter Edge is frowning sternly over this issue, but that’s hardly a solution.  I’m sure DH(i)S will be happy to translate this revelation into a larger budget request next year, but that won’t be a solution, either.  And if we can’t keep up with several thousand ‘students’ we formally and legally processed into the country, why on earth would anyone believe the illusion that we somehow are tracking and will process the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants the Feds are continuing to release across the land?

I suppose the question is this: when you have a government spending over a trillion dollars a year–much of it borrowed–and it can neither secure its borders nor keep track of who it lets inside them, isn’t it time to ask what we’re getting for our money?  And why we continue to provide it?  Why are American citizens increasingly spied upon and put upon, if we’re just going to turn loose all manner of foreigners in our country with no accounting whatsoever?  There is no more important function for the Federal Government than national defense, but that responsibility is failed daily in spectacular fashion.

Sleep well tonight.  If you can’t, maybe it’s time to let Uncle Sam know and ask why he’s not on the job…

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