Four years ago, it almost looked as if chemical attacks on Syrian civilians would stop. “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” declared then-Secretary of State John Kerry on Meet the Press in 2014.
The immigration fracas continued apace Wednesday. But there have been no real signs of a deal to keep the government open, or that much headway has been made on the issue. A State Department official told me on Wednesday morning: “The U.S. government’s national-security visitor screening and vetting procedures are constantly reviewed and refined to improve security and more effectively identify individuals who might pose a threat. . . . At this time there has been no change to the Diversity Visa program or to family-based immigrant visa processing.”