A surprising fact many don’t know about illegal immigration is that a large chunk of those who immigrate to our country illegally don’t do so by crossing the border; they do so by overstaying their visa. Estimates vary, but Politifact determined 40% to be an acceptable approximation of the percentage of illegals who entered by that method based on available information.That means combating illegal immigration would thus require us to both secure our border AND deport those who overstay their visas.
We know the Obama Administration has done nothing to secure our border, so how much do you bet we’ve been monitoring those who overstay their visas? If your guess was “none,” you wouldn’t be far from the truth.
As Breitbart reported:
The Obama administration investigated just 3,000 visa overstays out of an estimated population of some six million illegal immigrants who remained in the U.S. after their visa expired last year, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official testified before a Senate panel Wednesday.“So for FY ’15 sir, just a snapshot that I alluded to earlier, so roughly we have about 3,000 that are still under investigation right now. 1,626 leads have been what we call exhausted, meaning that we haven’t been able to locate the individual. It comes back to us, into a continuous monitoring status,” Craig Healy, the assistant director of ICE’s National Security Investigations Division, said in response to questions from Sen. David Perdue (R-GA..
Healy was testifying at a hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest examining the decades-long absence of a congressionally mandated biometric tracking system for foreign nationals coming and leaving the U.S.
“So, 3,000 were investigated, are under investigation right now. But those 3,000 could’ve come in in any one of the years in the last 20 years, correct?” Perdue asked.Healy indicated that the Georgian’s assumption was correct.
“Alright, so my question is, if it’s 40% of whatever that top number, we have 4, 5, 6 million people here who overstay their visa. Directionally, that’s fairly correct. And last year, we identified and investigated 3,000?” Perdue asked.That means ICE goes after a whopping 0.05% of those who overstay their visas.
Liberals don’t want to do anything about this. And who can blame them? Aside from the dead, illegals are a key voting block for them.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]