The Department of Homeland Security 'Welcome' Page.

With I suspect no irony whatsoever, this is the 'Welcome' page for travellers to the USA so that they can fill in their confidential traveller information:


This might sound like a rather silly question, but does the USA actually want people to visit ? I really get the impression that the DHS does not.

This somewhat contradicts the plaque at the Statue of Liberty:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she

With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"