We have half a million visa overstays in a year and they will all or almost all will get to stay.
A long-awaited DHS report, which was limited to foreigners who came to the U.S. as visitors for business or pleasure via sea or air ports, revealed that 527,127 foreign nationals illegally stayed after their visas expired.
It’s more proof that our borders are open. The report didn’t include thousands of other groups.
“These figures do not include any foreign students or any other foreign worker programs such as the H-1B, the L-1, the H-2B and many, many more,” Senator Sessions said. “Nor does it include those who arrived through land ports, thus millions who came on border crossing cards are excluded. And, because this report was only generated using biographic data, and not biometric data, the true number of overstays is likely much higher.”
Senator Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, said that it is a population of individuals “larger than any city in Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina.”
“It must be understood that under the policies of this administration, overstaying a visa does not result in deportation,” Sessions said. “There is no plan or policy that does it. Such policies carried out today are a demonstration by our government that the exit date requirement has no meaning. Again, this is the very essence of open borders. Anyone can come in, no one has to leave.”
Two DHS staff testified at a hearing Wednesday that Sessions chaired in which they admitted our failure to enforce any exit policy except for the worst felons results in permanent residence for illegals who overstay visas. Many of these people come from nations that sponsor terrorism.
The administration never installed the visa tracking system.
The Obama administration apparently doesn’t believe overstaying a visa is worthy of deportation and 40% of the people here illegally come into the country in this manner. The much-touted senate immigration bill didn’t even deal with it.
A pair of Department of Homeland Security officials told the Senate Wednesday that the government does not search for most of the people who overstay their temporary visas.
In the video from the hearings, Craig Healy, an Assistant Director with DHS basically exposed the extraordinary problems with the system.
“I didn’t mean to imply that we’re actually out monitoring them,” he said. They prioritize and deport criminals.