The U.S. State Department has released a video encouraging tourists from across the world to come to the United States. It says: "Visit America... It's easier than you think."
For most conservatives the response is probably, "Yeah, we know." But the parallels between the statement and our porous borders is apparently lost on our state department.
"We've got the best product to sell," President Obama says in the video. "We've got the most entertaining destinations in the world."
Watch for yourself here:
To be fair, the Weekly Standard explains the State Department's push to increase tourism:
The video appears to be a response to an ABC report from October that chronicled how the State Department's slow visa process resulted in $606 billion loss over the last decade.
"All around the world, in Brazil, India and China, the fast-growing middle classes look to travel to the U.S., but only 13 percent actually come here, according to the U.S. Travel Association – some say, because it's so difficult to get a visa. Thirty-eight percent travel to Europe instead because it's easier,"ABC reported.
Over a half a year later, the State Department now appears to be claiming to have fixed the problem.
"We are investing more resources for a more efficient visa process," a caption in the State Department video claims.