Consular Delays And How To Fix Them
Putting the Department of State under the instructions of the Department of Homeland Security in visa matters has led to unintended consequences. Increased security measures post-9/11 have significantly increased delays in consular processing, with the brunt of the impact being felt by innocent travelers to the US. These delays have resulted in the erosion of goodwill towards the US among those visiting our country for pleasure and/or business and/or family reasons. The trust of the average person on the street in countries allied to us is, in the long run, even more important than the support of our allies' foreign ministries and armies. Unlike our more forceful actions overseas which hog the headlines everyday, visa delays and denials do not make the headlines but have a greater personal impact which cumulatively results in greater illwill that we can ill afford. DOS cannot conduct its foreign policy business without the ample stores of goodwill that our country has traditionally enjoyed amongst our friends overseas. An interdepartmental committee should address the problem of lengthy consular processing delays, and find ways to achieve our security objectives without impeding the orderly and speedy flow of people across our frontiers. We are confident that the creativity of those who manage our country's consular processing in today's difficult times will rise to the challenge of solving this thorny problem if the DHS and DOS Secretaries make this issue a priority and commit the necessary resources.
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CBP Commissioner Bonner Gives CBP Officers Discretion In VWP Matters
US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced new discretion for CBP officers to grant no-risk travelers who overstayed under the Visa Waiver Program on a prior visit a one-time parole.
Undersecretary Hutchinson Confronted By Angry Crowd During Immigration Talk
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports "Angry shouts from the crowd often drowned out comments by Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security for Border and Transportation Security, as he tried to answer questions yesterday about what is being done to stop illegal immigration."
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