Editor’s Note – As the President meets with NATO allies, maybe he will learn what many of the members nations already know, ISIS/ISIL is a direct threat to them and also to America. With many people in America joining them, the fear is they can return home because they have passports.
What is more frightening is that hot spots like Minnesota are producing so many home grown converts to violent jihad. What is more frightening than that is our leaky southern border, but it gets worse.
With so many traveling to the US with visas, what is our government doing to track them all? Apparently very little since an estimated 6,000 people with student visas have over stayed and are MISSING!
This is not a “manageable problem” and Obama just does not get it, nor can he bring himself to say the words off prompter. When he speaks from a prompter, his words are different.
This shows us what he really means – off prompter the words are from his core. Therefore he still cannot name the enemy, nor does he believe the threat despite the fact that we all see the danger.
The President is the person who is supposed to know all the intelligence estimates, not us. That is willful dissonance, and we are on our own. This was supposed to be fixed after the 9/11 Commission Report!
US Immigration Fears Terror Threat From 6,000 Missing on Student Visas
The Obama administration is unable to locate 6,000 foreign nationals who have entered the United States on student visas, raising concerns about the government’s ability to track potential terror suspects who may already be in the country.
“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators, told ABC News. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”
The news comes as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to block British jihadists with passports from re-entering Britain as the threat of violence from the Islamic State intensifies.
The move builds on a pledge he made Monday to withdraw passports from those within the United Kingdom suspected of having traveled abroad to fight alongside terrorist groups.
According to ABC News, U.S. immigration officials have had difficulty keeping track of the escalating number of foreign students entering the United States.
In the past year alone, 58,000 students overstayed their visas.
“They just disappear,” Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn told ABC News. “They get the visas and they disappear.”
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges, ABC News reported.
The 9/11 Commission had recommended that the student visa program be tightened to combat future threats but the system continues to remain vulnerable to abuse.
There are currently 9,000 institutions of higher learning which are on the government approved list certifying them to accept overseas applicants.
But Congress has raised concerns that immigration officials have continued to grant schools certification even when they lack accreditation, state certification, or other measurable academic standards.
“When schools are not legitimate that enables terrorists to come here under a fraudulent basis and disappear into the fabric of society without anybody knowing that they are here for illegitimate reason,” Janice Kephart, counsel to the 9/11 Commission, told ABC News.
“Because the system itself will say they’re here legitimately when in fact they’re not.”
Schools are ultimately responsible for keeping track of visa holders and are required to report to the government if students fail to attend class, but a number of institutions have been more focused on selling visas rather than educating students.
“We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” Coburn said. “To me, it’s a mess.”
Edge said that while immigration agents are attempting to locate missing students, there is “a lot more work to do” to tighten the student visa program, ABC News reported.