US seeks 606,000 who have over­stayed visas

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY DANIEL SHOER ROTH El Nuevo Her­ald

The U.S. gov­ern­ment has pulled to­gether the num­bers and na­tion­al­i­ties of for­eign trav­el­ers who en­tered the coun­try legally in 2017 as non­im­mi­grants but over­stayed their visas or their au­tho­rized pe­ri­ods of ad­mis­sion – thus re­main­ing with­out le­gal sta­tus.

A Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity re­port for fis­cal year 2017 shows that more than 606,000 visi­tors to the United States over­stayed their tourist, work, busi­ness and stu­dent visas, among other cat­e­gories of non­im­mi­grant ad­mis­sions.

Those vi­o­la­tions rep­re­sent a tiny por­tion – 1.15 per­cent or 606,926 sus­pected over­stays – of the es­ti­mated 52.6 mil­lion non­im­mi­grant ad­mis­sions through air or sea ports of en­try, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

How­ever, de­spite the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mea­sures to strengthen im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment, this was the sec­ond year in a row in which more than 600,000 visi­tors stayed in the U.S. be­yond their pe­riod of ad­mis­sion, be­com­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants at risk of de­por­ta­tion.

The doc­u­ment em­pha­sized that the DHS will con­tinue to de­velop bi­o­graph­i­cal and bio­met­ric data on trav­el­ers to im­prove the track­ing and de­por­ta­tion of vi­o­la­tors.

An es­ti­mated 40 per­cent of the 11 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in the United States ar­rived legally but stayed af­ter their visas ex­pired, the Associated Press re­ported this week.

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