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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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Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation

Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.

Under The Background Check Expansion Act,  gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House

“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.

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According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.

Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms. 

Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.

Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race. 

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