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40% Of Illegal Aliens Have Overstayed Their Visas

From the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago:

Many in U.S. Illegally Overstayed Their Visas

Those Who Entered Legitimately Account for 40% of the 11 Million Total, Complicating Attempts to Craft New Legislation

By SARA MURRAY | April 7, 2013

Proponents of overhauling the U.S. immigration system increasingly point to the fact that about 40% of the 11 million undocumented workers in the country aren’t low-wage workers who sneaked over the southern border illegally, but rather foreigners who arrived legally and simply never left.

Those working to create a path to citizenship for people here illegally often make the distinction to highlight the diverse immigration issues the U.S. faces. Little is known about the demographics of the so-called overstayer population, but some studies suggest they tend to be better educated and more fluent in English than those who crossed the border illegally. They also are more likely to hail from European, Asian and African countries. And in many cases, they used tourist visas to enter the U.S.

And student visas. But notice that the ‘open borders’ Wall Street Journal is actually arguing for more visas for ‘highly skilled workers.’ And never mind that most of these visa overstayers are here on tourist visas.

In any case, ‘securing the border’ is not going to stop this problem.

A bipartisan Senate group, returning this week from its spring recess, is in the final stretch of an effort to produce legislation… The Senate effort has been repeatedly delayed, in part because so many facets of immigration are more complex than many realized. Among those issues: the 40% of unauthorized immigrants who overstay their visas.

"Whenever I use that statistic, people seem completely surprised," said Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), part of the Senate group working on immigration. "They assume that, yeah, some people overstay—but 40% of the illegal population here?" …

Experts are quick to caution that they know relatively little about the overstayers because the government doesn’t actively study them. The Department of Homeland Security takes fingerprints and photos of foreigners who enter the U.S., but there is no similar system to track their exits…

What good does the DHS actually do?

The department has been comparing entry data with flight manifests and similar lists of those who leave to determine the overstay population’s size. It hopes to be able to measure the rate of overstays by year’s end.

Tourist visas are one common route for people who want to overstay, according to advocates and immigration data. Of the people who gained legal status in 2003 and also spent time in the U.S. illegally, 13% overstayed tourist visas by more than six years, according to previously unpublished analysis by Guillermina Jasso, a sociologist at New York University

But they are highly skilled tourists.

There are signs the public has little tolerance for people who overstay their visas. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows 61% of likely voters support a plan that secures the borders and offers legal status to those in the U.S. illegally, but 55% said people who overstayed their visas should be sent home.

Only 55%?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “40% Of Illegal Aliens Have Overstayed Their Visas”

  1. mr_bill

    There are a lot more than 11 million illegals. It’s more like 25 million. If you look at the voting results from last November, you can see why the left is pushing so hard. In aggregate, each candidate received roughly 20 million votes. nerobama got slightly more and Romney just under 20 million. The difference between the two, in terms of the US population, was about 1.5%. If the undocumented democrats can be given the right to vote legally, the left believes it can ensure permanent residency for itself among the political class, especially with some red states like Texas, where it has been shut out since Reagan.

    The fact that so many overstay tourist and student visas is not a surprise. The system was never designed to track people and make sure they don’t stay past their visa limit. The left has spent a lot of energy, beginning with Teddy Kennedy, to make sure that people who are here illegally don’t have to “fear” being caught or deported. Police, social services, welfare offices, courts, etc. are not allowed to question a person’s citizenship. If the system were set up to actually deport people who are not here legally, a few things would happen: fewer people would come here illegally, they would be unable to obtain the public assistance meant for citizens, and people would actually get caught and deported.

    Before Congress spends 5 more seconds talking about “comprehensive immigration reform,” they need to come up with a way to re-allocate current DHS and ICE spending in such a way that it prevents people from coming illegally, staying past visa expirations, catching people who shouldn’t be here, and ending public payments to illegals. We can get 25 million out of the country through self-deportations and attrition. Just look at the mass exodus from Arizona when they passed their immigration law. Illegals left in droves. The same thing can happen on a national level if we can get some Congressmen with some stones to actually do something.

  2. We track migratory animals with great precision
    We find and track imported cattle with ease, right down to the finest details
    UPS and FEDEX tracks tens of millions of packages every day, even unto the customer being able to locate real-time

    But the US Federal Government can’t find nearly 5 million people they just let waltz in?

    Good luck on your healthcare, folks.

    • Enthalpy

      You have to want to track them. “Our” government doesn’t have the want to-they just understand that immigrants represent Democrat voters(in spite of what the RNC believes) and that’s all that matters to them. If the illegals were prospective Republican voters, the fence and supportive security would be in place and working.

  3. Liberals Demise

    Illegal means butkis

  4. yadayada

    the proposal — pay $500 fine, pay back taxes, back of the line to apply for citizenship, front of line for democrat voter registration, and wait 5yrs for citizenship, blah blah blah

    everyone cries that you can’t deport 20 million people, too massive an effort, too expensive, blah blah blah

    sit one man in front of a cow and say “eat this” you’ll hear how massive an effort it is. so you can’t do it in one day. but you can one day at a time. allow the big question to be asked. are you a citizen? no? you get to sit over here. finding them now not a problem. start with the ones who commit crimes. move to gubmint cash line (welfare). I agree with mr_bill
    enforce current laws. deport them as they are caught. you want to fine them $500 too? good!! use it to buy the plane ticket to mexico. cost now not a problem.




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