Temporary Visitors to US at All-Time High, Nobody’s Keeping Track of Them

Alissa Tabirian, CNS News, September 4, 2013

Visas for temporary visitors entering the United States have increased 61 percent since 1992, according to data released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). But the federal government has no way to make sure they leave when their visas expire.

Out of 165 million non-immigrant admissions to the U.S. last year, 53.9 million were “temporary visitors for business and pleasure,” according to the Office of Immigration Statistics’ 2012 Annual Flow Report. In 1992, this number was 20.9 million, marking a 61 percent increase in temporary admissions over the past 21 years.

In 2012, 78 percent of non-immigrant admissions were foreigners who came to the U.S. as tourists, up from 76.4 percent in 2011 and 75.6 percent in 2010, according to the report.


Most of the visas issued in 2012 to temporary visitors, workers, and students went to visitors from Mexico (31 percent), the United Kingdom (8.3 percent), and Japan (7.7 percent), the “leading countries of citizenship for I-94 admissions.”


CNSNews previously reported that the Congressional Budget Office concluded that the Senate immigration bill passed in June, which would put illegal aliens on a pathway to citizenship, would also “allow the flow of new illegal aliens into the United States to continue at a rate equal to 75 percent of the current rate of illegal immigration,” partly “because of people who overstay temporary work visas that will be authorized by the bill.”

A House hearing in June revealed that the U.S. Border Patrol does not have an exit program to track individuals leaving the U.S., and thus cannot track visa overstays. Approximately “40 percent of the 11 million or more illegal aliens living in the United States entered the country legally with a visa but overstayed the date for departure.”


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  • bigone4u

    Since the law has no trouble tracking down parking ticket scofflaws, you have to wonder had hard Obongo’s boys are trying to find those who “forget” they were supposed to leave. Microchip em as a condition of entry and use GPS to track em, or just give em an Obama phone with pinging that will give away their location. Or, make them put up a $25,000 deposit, which is forfeited when they don’t exit on time.
    When government wants to solve a problem, it can, but when it doesn’t want to solve a problem, we get stuck holding the bag.

    • White Mom in WDC

      Clinton, Bush, and Obama- none of them cared/ care. Just more bodies for cheap labor

  • Spartacus

    This in a country that spends tens of billions of dollars worried about “terrorists” …

  • NorthSea

    So this is the Dept of Homeland….what was that again?

  • DailyKenn

    I spoke with a Polish woman last week who told me her brother is finding it impossible to get a visa to America.

    • Bossman

      Why is that? I thought that the two governments were working together to make it easier.

  • mobilebay

    Mexico, the largest group of overstayers. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Why, Obama says they are our most important trading partners. The trade? We send them money, they send us their people.

    • JDInSanD

      They send us their most low IQ, illiterate, violent, unethical, lawless, most likely to be in a gang, most likely to get knocked up as teens, most likely to collect welfare, most Indian-blooded peasants. The equivalent would be if we taught blacks that Mexico belonged to them and encouraged them to go there.

      • Greg Thomas

        America is mexico’s welfare system.

    • White Mom in WDC

      They are glorified slaves

    • Bossman

      It is not as simple as that. Free trade and free migration should go together. One leads to the other.

  • John Smith

    It’s a well known fact most illegal aliens came here legally and then simply stayed after their papers expired.

  • Dave4088

    The corporation a friend works for told me that they had to walk several employees out because their visas expired and they did not notify the company. There are probably hundreds of thousands, if not more, who let their visas lapse yet unlawfully stay in the country. Yep, these are the types of people that Ol’ Barry O says make wonderful citizens.

    Of course, we’re really just an economic zone and two lines drawn on a map anymore.

  • Truthseeker

    The first world is the host, the third world is the parasite.

  • Homo_Occidentalis

    Amnesty, EBT cards, education, hospital visits, etc. are all a “civil right” according to Eric Holder. U.S. residency (and eventual citizenship) has become a commodity, one to be traded for votes and political favor.

  • Jenkem Huffington

    “Visitor” is newspeak for invader!