US president, Donald Trump took the fight against illegal immigration a notch higher on Monday when he gave orders to his administration to take stronger actions on visa overstays. The offenders here are foreigners who entered the counter with legal documents but refused to leave the US when their visas expire.
President Trump signed a memorandum with orders for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to submit their plan of action for curbing visa overstays. Such plans could include punishing countries that have high records of citizens who overstay their visas and demanding that these travellers post “admission bonds” that would be reimbursed with them when they leave the US.
The number of Central American offenders is on the rise
This order from the US President is the most recent of Trump's returned attention to immigration after shaking up the DHS and coupled with his rising discomfort over the rise in the rate at which Central American citizens flooding into the US.
Recent data from the DHS revealed that between 2016 and 2017, more than 1.2 million people in the US overstayed their visas. In 2006, estimates from the Pew Research Center revealed that half of the total 11 million of the country's undocumented immigrants, had legal papers while entering the country, but did not go home after their visas expired.
It has only been recently that the federal government started taking close statistics of visa overstays. Its first report was issued during the Obama administration, in January 2016. The reports, however, could only give a range of overstays which was over 600,000 for each year from 2016 to 2017.
With the chances of illegal immigration
drastically cut down, it can only mean that undocumented immigrants in the country today were formerly legal travelers who entered the country by land, sea, and air, armed with their visas.
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