Trump Orders Department Of Homeland Security To Crack Down On Visa Overstays

One of the problems the U.S. has with illegal immigration, is when people come into the country on a temporary visa and then vanishes into the woodwork.

Now the Trump administration is going to get more serious about enforcing these visas.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

Trump Issues Order to Crack Down on Visa Overstays

President Donald Trump is ordering the Departments of State and Homeland Security to take all steps in their power to reduce the currently hundreds of thousands of people who overstay temporary visas every year.

A presidential memorandum, issued Monday afternoon, instructs the secretaries of State and Homeland Security to outline within 120 days recommendations for how to reduce visa overstays, especially from the 28 countries from which more than 10 percent of arrivals overstay their visas. The memorandum also instructs the secretaries to take all steps currently in their power to cut visa overstays, and orders a review of the visa waiver program.

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“What we’re doing here is shutting a backdoor for illegal immigration,” an administration official told the Washington Free Beacon. “This is part of the administration’s comprehensive approach to combating illegal immigration.”

The memorandum instructs DHS and State to take all available actions, but also makes some recommendations of possible courses. These include implementing a bond system, whereby arrivals from high-overstay countries are obliged to put up collateral upon entry. They also include a consideration of the president’s powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act, including sections 215 and 212(f).

This is the sort of thing that everyone just assumes the government is already doing anyway. The question is, why haven’t they?

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The Hill has more:

Trump moves to crack down on visa overstays

President Trump on Monday directed his administration to find ways to limit the number of foreigners who overstay short-term visas amid a broad push to curb immigration.

In a presidential memorandum, Trump ordered the State Department to work with governments of countries with total overstay rates of more than 10 percent in order to reduce the number.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in consultation with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is required to submit a report within three months that recommends policies that would slash the number of people who stay in the U.S. after their visas expire. DHS is expected to hand in its own recommendations a month after that.

This is another one of those times when the left will freak out because Trump is enforcing the law.

Let them.


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