Just how many people overstayed their visas in fiscal year 2015 and where have they gone? There’s no way to know for sure because the federal government has refused to implement visa tracking ever since Congress mandated it 20 years ago. But according to a new report from the border patrol, 482,781 individuals who entered on tourist or business visas were still believed to be illegally present in the United States at the end of FY 2015.
The number of total visa overstays for past year is likely far more than 482,000. The scope of the Department of Homeland Security report only covered data on B-1 (those visiting on business) and B-2 (those visiting on pleasure) visas. There are numerous categories of visas, such as F-1 visas for student visas, the multiple H and L foreign worker visas, and the J-1 exchange visas. We’ve admitted almost one million foreign students during the last academic year alone.
The scattered data is incomplete and leaves us with no sense of how many people overstay their visas on a given year and where they reside.
Moreover, this DHS report does not cover those who entered on various visas through land ports. This means there are likely endless numbers of Latin Americans who’ve entered through our southern border check points and have disappeared into our country. Consequently, not only has Obama’s amnesty engendered a massive surge of illegal aliens at the border, it has resulted in countless millions overstaying their visas.
Just a quick glance at the report shows that 219 B-visa holders overstayed from Afghanistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 1,397 from Jordan, 913 from Kuwait, 56 from Libya, 1,435 from Pakistan, 440 from Syria, 965 from Saudi Arabia, 2,227 from Turkey, and 219 from Yemen. From Nigeria, which is roughly half Muslim, that number is a whopping 6,781. Who knows how many of the roughly 157,000 foreign students from predominantly Muslim countries overstayed their visas? In 2014, ABC news discovered that 58,000 foreign nationals had overstayed their student visas, of which 6,000 represented a “heightened concern.” Again, those numbers only include foreign students.
That Congress has failed to force the administration’s hand on implementing Visa exit-entry, despite the ubiquitous public fear of Islamic terrorism, speaks volumes of their impotence.
It’s also important to note this is another reason the courts can’t save us from Obama’s amnesty. Even though the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals enjoined the issuance of work permits to some illegal aliens, they cannot practically force Obama to begin deporting those who overstayed their visas.
This is just another example why the voters have had enough with the existing power structure.
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.