Posted on April 24, 2019

Trump Orders Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Overstaying Their Visas in U.S.

John Binder, Associated Press, April 22, 2019

President Trump is ordering a crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who overstay their visas after arriving in the United States with a presidential memorandum.

On Monday, Trump signed the memorandum, which calls for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “immediately begin taking all appropriate actions” to reduce the overstay rates for all nonimmigrant visas — that is the more than 415,000 illegal aliens who originally arrived in the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas and have yet to leave.

Specifically, Trump is ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DHS officials to provide his administration with recommendations within 120 days on how to effectively cut the number of B-1 and B-2 visa overstays from countries that have a visa overstay rate higher than ten percent. {snip}

Djibouti, Chad, Yemen, and Eritrea have the highest B-1 and B-2 visa overstay rates in the U.S. Djibouti, alone, has a visa overstay rate of nearly 45 percent. Chad has a visa overstay rate of nearly 31 percent, while Yemen and Eritrea each have an overstay rate above 25 percent.

The Trump administration could suspend or put limits on legal immigration from these foreign countries who have visa overstay rates above ten percent as part of the effort to curb the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. who arrived legally.

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Additionally, the memorandum calls for DHS and the State Department to develop plans within 120 days to implement an admission bonds program where nationals arriving in the U.S will be required to pay a bond that they would be returned when they return to their home country because their visa has expired. Should a visa holder not return home, the bond amount would be withheld.

An admission bond policy already exists in current immigration law, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has yet to enforce the program in all cases.

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As of March, there were more than 415,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who had overstayed their visas. This includes more than 300,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows certain nationals to come to the country for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. In total, 20 foreign countries have visa overstay rates that exceed ten percent. About 40 percent of the 12 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the country came legally and overstayed their visas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.