America is a very safe country in which to live. It is true that snowstorms seem to scare the government. The people, however, just go about their business.
Some politicians are in a mode of complete fear. They say Muslims are fleeing violence so that they can come here and kill people. They say our border with Mexico is an open route for rapists and drug dealers. It is true that drug dealers do try to come to America. They come to deliver their goods to American customers.
What about all those people who come to America and stay here after their visas have expired? Some members of Congress have been asking that question for the last twenty years. It is nearly fifteen years after 9/11. There are good reasons to find out. Now we have an answer.
What is the answer? People who come here on visitor visas do not stay longer than the rules allow. Sure, some do but most do not.
Homeland Security has issued a new report after reviewing the records of nearly 45 million foreign visitors. It found that about one percent overstayed their visas.
Tasheen Malik was not one of them. She and her husband were the killers in San Bernardino. She came to the U.S. on a K-1 visa. K-1 visas go to the fiancés of American citizens. Malik’s husband was born in America.
Who overstayed? About a half-million people did so. Most do not come from the countries that have a visa waiver program with us. These are mostly European nations. That leaves a few hundred thousand who may have come from Middle Eastern countries.
The report has a flaw. It only covers people who arrive by plane or sea. It does not include people who arrive by auto. Many who come from Mexico and Canada drive over.
Of the 11 million undocumented people in the country, nearly half came here on a visa.
There is much more to learn. However, the first results about the number overstaying visitor visas are not alarming.
Source: The New York Times January 20, 2016