DHS, Trump administration to crack down on visa overstays

Another hardline immigration push from the Trump administration — focusing efforts this time on foreign visitors who overstayed their visas.

On Monday, Trump signed a memorandum ordering the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security to create policies within four months to crack down on visa overstays — foreigners who came to the United States legally, but chose to stay even after their visas expired.

One of the plans is to suspend or limit entry of individuals from countries with high rates of visa overstays.

As of March 2019, government data show that there are about 415,000 individuals in the U.S. with overstayed visas.

In a statement, Trump said, “We have laws that need to be followed to keep Americans safe and to protect the integrity of a system where, right now, there are millions of people who are waiting in line to come to America to seek the American dream.”

Determining the actual number of visa overstays has been challenging for the U.S. government, which only issued its first report on the scope of the problem back in 2016.

The report showed Canada and Mexico topping the list of the biggest offenders.

The Philippines was cited with more than 3,700 visa overstays for that period.

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  • Mario
    25 April 2019 at 4:45 am - Reply

    I am in favor of these over staying law. Tourist should not stay much longer when their visa expires. Tourist stay with their friends and relatives hoping to find a job,hoping to find a husband or a wife while vacationing.Care home operators bring-in their relatives as helper while vacationing and just continue to extend their visa with the help of an immigration lawyer.Not good.

  • Tiago Del Mundo
    18 May 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I once heard some pretty interesting stories regarding immigration visa overstays that eventually lead into taga-ng-tago…from the great story teller-master healer of Cebu… Alex Cabaluna. During family or friend gathering, it started with little shots of Ginebra San Miguel going around, from the almost whispering to loud conversation, you could hear it clearly that this guy or gal (friend or relative) is trying to visit America… As the shots start taking over the brain, tough guy membrane has taken over, Max Maciel stood up to the challenge and a plan for a fiancée visa is scribed on the stone, says Tito Dennis Ypon…sooner or later, Max goes on vacation in Cebu, gets married, bring his new wife Marifeth here in the Bay Area. After a few years, Marifeth gets here alien card, pays $5000 to Max, and call it quits…

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