Of 6 million immigrants in U.S. overstaying visas, guess how many DHS is investigating

Of 6 million immigrants in U.S. overstaying visas, guess how many DHS is investigating

On Friday, LU noted that between 4 and 6 million immigrants in the U.S. were estimated to have overstayed their visas.

That’s the discouraging news arising out of the testimony before the Senate of Craig Healy, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Export Enforcement Coordination Center. The “better” news is that DHS is hot on the trail of some of these scofflaws, and some is better than none.

So what percentage would make you feel safe and secure? Fifty percent? Would you be OK with 5%?

If that sounds paltry, the actual number — 0.05% — will make you wonder what the department’s $64.9 billion annual budget is going toward.

Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon writes, “[T]here are just 3,000 active investigations … into some six million aliens who have illegally overstayed their visas in the United States during the past 20 years”:

This includes 219 illegal overstays from Afghanistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 56 from Libya, 1,435 from Pakistan, 440 from Syria, and 219 from Yemen, according to the report. Many are still in the United States illegally.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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