US seeks 606,000 who have overstayed visas
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.