Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) today announced the creation of an annotated version of the B-1 visa—issued to foreign citizens visiting the United States for business purposes—that will make foreign maritime workers eligible to apply for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). The TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric identification card that maritime workers must obtain in order to gain unrestricted access to secure areas of maritime facilities.
“Strengthening the security of our maritime global supply chain is critical to protecting our nation from evolving threats,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. “This new TWIC process is a critical step toward [B][I][U]ensuring that foreign maritime workers can quickly and efficiently obtain the necessary credentials to do their jobs and help grow the American economy.” [/U][/I][/B]
Under this process, foreign maritime workers who need to acquire a TWIC for the performance of their official duties must provide notice of their need for a TWIC to DOS upon application for a B-1 visa, as well as a letter from their employer indicating that the individual will be required to perform service in secure port areas. Upon receipt of the new TWIC-annotated B-1 visa, each individual will apply separately for a TWIC. As is the case for all visa and TWIC applicants, these foreign maritime workers will undergo rigorous background checks, including checks against the terrorist watchlist, criminal history, and immigrations records. This new process will apply to the approximately [U][I][B]4,000 to 6,000 foreign workers[/B][/I][/U] in U.S. ports who are required to have a TWIC for the performance of their official duties.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a TWIC final rule on Jan. 25, 2007, allowing non-citizens to apply for a TWIC provided that they meet one of TSA’s eligible immigration categories. Following input from maritime industry stakeholders, DHS and DOS collaborated to create a process allowing essential maritime personnel who fall within the B-1 visa category and require a TWIC to acquire one—designing an annotated B-1 visa to meet the needs of the TWIC Program as well as the maritime community.
What is this SHIT about foreign workers being needed to “grow the American Economy”! The unmitigated gall of our own Federal Govenment to say such a thing! They have no conscience whatsoever about the welfare of their own citizens. It is all about one thing only…PROFITS FOR CORPORATIONS! This is horrible enough already for Janet Neapolitano to have the BALLS to say, but note the total numbers quoted…4000-6000 foreigners taking jobs from Americans citizens who want and need the work to supprt American families. 4-6k jobs are not chump change. How many mariners on here are looking for work? How many feel that they deserve this work? How many want it? How many feel harmed by the policies of their own government?
I’m sorry for the profanity but we American Mariners are getting more than just fucked here…WE ARE GETTING RAPED! The sadest part is that we are collectively being held hostage by our rapist who has shown no intention to stop the violations anytime soon. So there is the proof right there staring each and every one of us in the face. The question is now are we going to allow ourselves to be raped repeatedly by some sadistic captor because we are too afraid to fight or are we going to battle to save our own lives because that is exactly what we are facing here!