Obamatrade Immigration Rules Relax Standards for Turkey and Pakistan

Turkey and Pakistan are part of the Trade In Services Agreement and will get easier immigration rules. What could go wrong?

As I wrote yesterday, the Wikileaks documents show that the TISA alters immigration rules according to Breitbart’s report. They give the president more authority over immigration.

But I had missed some of the implications because I did not think about who was part of the agreements. The constant mention of the “Trans Pacific Partnership” kept me focused on countries on the Pacific Rim. But TISA includes countries that don’t touch the Pacific Ocean at all.

Thus, the Conservative Review reports, “ObamaTrade Relaxes Visa Process for Pakistan.”

One very disturbing aspect of TISA is the document uncovered by WikiLeaks revealing an entire section on immigration, referred to as “Movement of Natural Persons.”  This section discusses commitments by the parties not to place undue burdens on visas and singles out face-to-face interviews as an example of “overly burdensome procedures.” [see the footnote on page 7] At a time when we face so many national security problems, why would conservatives trust this president to squelch any visa provision threatening our security? 

And guess who is a party to TISA?

Pakistan!  In addition to the massive immigration from Pakistan, we admitted 78,000 Pakistani nationals on some type of visa in 2013.  Do we really want to join in an agreement that could loosen restrictions on visas from Pakistan?

Guess which other country is a part of TISA?  Mexico!  For good measure, Turkey is also a party to TISA.  What could go wrong?

So we are now about to give the President authority which will virtually guarantee the passage of a bill that loosens immigration security from a country that is close to ISIS territory and one known to be the home of Al Qaeda extremists.

Even if one could argue that the immigration rules need to change, this is a horrible way to do it.