The Obama administration’s increasing disregard of visa enforcement over the years has contributed to a backlog that has reached an astounding 5 million illegal aliens and has made U.S. entry via visas an easy route to illegitimate residency.

In their latest update to Congress, immigration officials said that of the nearly half a million people who overstayed their visas last year, only 10,000 were investigated. Of these, fewer than 2,000 were arrested — or about 0.04 percent, The Washington Times reports.

Unlike border crashers, visa overstays come from around the world, including the hotbeds of terrorism. That’s why the 9/11 Commission urged a tracking system for all visitors to the United States. Yet to this day the government still has no operational exit-monitoring system.

And this, when four of the 19 Sept. 11 jetliner hijackers overstayed their visas.

The only difference today is that visa disregard has grown worse. Whereas the Obama administration deported about 12,500 visa overstays in 2009, that number dropped to approximately 2,000 last year.

“(T)he message they are sending wide and far is just get into the country, if you’re not convicted of a serious crime, (and) you’re going to be allow to stay,” says Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas.

Time and politics have dulled America’s memories of 9/11 and the grave consequences of visa inattention.

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