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Immigration Policy Ctr: U.S. lost Olympic Games bid due to "anti-visitor policy", "broken immigration system"

Today's "Tie Every Current Event to Your Agenda No Matter How Tenuously" award goes to the Immigration Policy Center, which blames the failure of the U.S. to bring the Olympics home to Chicago on our immigration policies (link). Per a press release:

"A litany of voices have been warning for years that the U.S. is slowly adopting an anti-visitor policy that is harming business, higher education and families... Stories in the press and report after report have all highlighted how our broken immigration system is hampering our nation's ability to attract the best and the brightest and stay competitive with other nations around the world."

1. There indeed has been some sort of tightening of visa requirements in order to reduce the possibility of terrorists jetting in, however, any idea that Obama wouldn't have made sure that as many people as possible could travel to Chicago is absurd.
2. The system is broken canard and the rest aren't usually used for issues relating to tourism but for actual immigrants (and illegal aliens); the IPC is repurposing it for their argument (such as it is) or just has it as a macro.

UPDATE: This story has also spread to other supporters of massive/illegal immigration, and it appears to have started at least in the MSM with Michelle Higgins of the New York Times with this oft-quoted passage (link):

Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicago’s official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be "a rather harrowing experience."

The story has also been re-transmitted by Andrea Nill of ThinkProgress (thinkprogress.org/2009/10/02/chicago-olympics-bush).

Fri, 10/02/2009 - 15:45 · Importance: 4

Sun, 10/04/2009 - 05:37
Leave it to Beaner

A whacky paki citizen spews that It can be "rather harrowing experience" to enter the US! He must mean with those bothersome passports and background checks or Allah forbid, maybe those "racial profiling" terrorist watch lists? Just what we need in this Country is another fucking anti-American hypocrite from the land of lawlessness. IOC huh? Inlaw Of Camels? Obviously all paki's are not whacky's but why take a chance on them obsconding and never leaving once they are here? Would you go back?

Sun, 10/04/2009 - 06:04
Steve

Well over 1,000,000 legal immigrants per year, plus thousands of illegals weekly, is not enough for these lying idiots.

Mon, 10/05/2009 - 01:54
Fred Dawes
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JOKE

Mon, 10/05/2009 - 19:34
Mike

You guys are retarded.

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 00:36
Mary

Just a set-up for the PUSH and stealth amnesty planned by The Liar in Chief. The revolution is closer at hand.

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 01:21
Smitty

Ooooooo tbey completely forgot about the "little people" that have to go through public airports, public planes and public screening. Call it "Private Jet Syndrome" where the elitist scum completely forget about all the inconvenient barriers they place upon the public that OTHER NATIONS DON'T.

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:42
Fred Dawes
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Mary is right.

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 02:19
Fred Dawes
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Mike go play with a little boy obama is and obama likes little boys to play with, if you know what i mean Mike?