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It’s Not Just The Border, Visa Overstays are Still a Major Problem for America

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Bob Dane, the Executive Director of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), reports that the U.S. government is looking the other way as foreign students overstay their visas. He asserts that the “latest data on foreign nationals who overstay their student visas in this country is an eye-opener.”

According to Dane, “68,593 visiting students failed to exit the U.S. when their visas expired in 2018.” However, the number of those individuals who overstayed their visas that were actually sent home was quite low. 186 of them — to be exact — were deported. Dane added, “Department of Homeland Security report indicates that roughly half the students with expired visas in 2017 were still in the country a year later.”

While students make up a small subset of the total number of overstays, the Center for Immigration Studies says these kinds of overstays are still concerning for the following reasons, which Dane summarizes:

  • Student/exchange visitors are admitted for long periods with relatively little supervision.
  • The visas grant entry to some people who would not otherwise qualify for admission to the United States.
  • Student visas, albeit a small number, have a proven association with terrorism and espionage.
  • Student/exchange programs are easily exploited by unscrupulous schools that admit unqualified foreigners who then overstay. CIS estimates that as many as 40,000 individuals have entered through such “visa mills,” only to melt into the general population.

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The countries with the largest number of student visa overstays in 2018 were China (12,924), India (5,716), Saudi Arabia (3,917), Brazil (3,196) and South Korea (3,069). Mexico and Canada were not counted in these figures, thus making the government’s numbers incomplete.

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Dane speculates that the low percentage of removals may be because of ” ICE’s focus on national-security and public-safety threats.” The FAIR Executive Director does point out, however, that student visas are still being issued to ” people from global hot spots (Eritrea, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and Syria, to name a few)”, which raises even more concerns. He adds that “students from those five countries have among the highest overstay rates, ranging from 32 percent to 52 percent.”

To solve this dilemma, Dane concludes that there needs to be “Enhanced vetting of groups with high overstay rates, and tougher sanctions on schools/exchange programs with poor compliance records.”

The threats of mass migration are multi-faceted, from the social disruption being witnessed in certain Western European countries to national security threats on American soil, immigration is one of the hottest issues going into the 2020 elections. For that reason, GOP voters placed in first place among their priorities for 2020.

Kicking the can further down the road on immigration will only leave America susceptible to social disruption and potential national security threats.

 

 

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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