Super. DHS is investigating a full .05% of millions of visa overstays

posted at 4:01 pm on January 23, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Earlier in the week we discussed the disturbing fact that not even half of “visitors” who come to the United States with a legally obtained visa actually leave when their allotted time is up. At the time I was wondering how many of these visa overstays actually have a warrant issued for them and, even more to the point, how many are actively investigated to see what they’re up to and tap them on the shoulder as Chris Christie once said. If you finished reading that article and found yourself guessing that the numbers might be depressingly low, give yourself a cookie. Turns out that DHS doesn’t have anywhere the resources required to track them all down and are currently investigating only a tiny fraction of them. (Adam Kredo at the Washington Free Beacon)

The Department of Homeland Security is actively investigating just 3,000 of the 6 million individuals who have overstayed their visas and now reside in the United States illegally, according to disclosures made before Congress.

Craig Healthy, Homeland’s assistant director for national security investigations, admitted that there are just 3,000 active investigations, or .05 percent, into some six million aliens who have illegally overstayed their visas in the United States during the past 20 years.

Investigators have additionally “exhausted” 1,626 “leads” into these individuals, Healy disclosed under questioned by Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.), a member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee.

In some ways I almost hate to have these figures released in public because it just seems like an advertisement for anyone considering coming here illegally. Just apply for a tourist visa, show up, toss it in the trash and you’re on your way! But since it’s already been announced it’s too late to do anything about it now. This isn’t a blanket condemnation of the Department of Homeland Security, by the way. There’s obviously no way that they could track down that many visa overstays without adding the entire Chinese army to their ranks. Perhaps the problem here is that we’re simply far too free and easy handing out these visas in the first place.

On that front there may be some very small bit of relief on the way. As part of the horrendous spending bill compromise last year, the White House was forced to put some new visa waiver guidelines in place. As of this week, those changes are going into effect. (WaPo)

The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it has begun to implement restrictions to the visa waiver program Congress passed as part of the budget deal last month.

The restrictions prevent nationals of 38 countries who have either traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran or Sudan since March 1, 2011, or those who hold citizenship from those countries, from coming to the United States under the program. The visa waiver program offers expedited electronic processing and short-term visa-free travel to tourists and business travelers.

Instead, dual nationals and travelers who have spent time in the listed countries will be required to go through the full vetting of the regular visa process, which includes an in-person interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.

As I said, you don’t have to read very far into this to see that it’s a small change indeed. It’s not really even a reduction in the number of visas, but simply restrictions on how many people we’re allowing to come here from terrorist infested areas without bothering to get a visa in the first place. (And yes, the question you’re supposed to be asking is, wait… we were doing that?) But I suppose it’s better than nothing, so let’s give the White House credit for holding up their end of the deal.

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Sic Trump on em…

OmahaConservative on January 23, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Once again, the best Trump campaign ads come directly from the Obama Administration for free.

RBMN on January 23, 2016 at 4:07 PM

Turns out that DHS doesn’t have anywhere the resources required to track them all down

Hey, they have to molest pat down granny and little Suzie at the airport.

rbj on January 23, 2016 at 4:11 PM

It’s against globalism, open borders and slave labor, blue and white.

Schadenfreude on January 23, 2016 at 4:12 PM

we have no borders! shame!

nathor on January 23, 2016 at 4:15 PM

It’s like the old times in Ireland, with clans stealing cattle from each other. Except the cattle moves by themselves now.

Rix on January 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM

http://hotair.com/headlines/archives/2016/01/23/as-frustrations-with-mexicos-government-rise-so-do-lynchings/

With regard to corrupt government officials, the Mexicans may be on to something.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2016 at 4:34 PM

Give them a FedEx bar code and let FedEx track them.

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2016 at 4:35 PM

On top of the stories here too, this is over a week old.

Andy__B on January 23, 2016 at 4:59 PM

So the bottom line is that we have unrestricted ersatz immigration into our Country as only 0.05% of the law breakers are even being investigated. I wonder what the catch and send home rate is?

They truly don’t care and this is one more reason why Trump is so far ahead in the polls.

Johnnyreb on January 23, 2016 at 5:01 PM

Is that before or after the snow storm?

Cindy Munford on January 23, 2016 at 5:16 PM

So, another federal agency not doing the job it’s chartered to do.

HumpBot Salvation on January 23, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Would any real American take a post by a guy named ‘Jazz Shaw’ seriously? It’s clearly an un-American name, probably of Kanuk origin.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2016 at 5:32 PM

just like some of the 9/11 attackers were visa overstays, this is exactly why Trump is way ahead, and how this country has been enabling the illegal invaders by IGNORING the law.

those pol sob’s take an oath to faithfully execute the laws, but then they faithfully do the bidding of the Chamber of Cheap Labor, who basically line their pockets and hold them as puppets.

Senator Philip Bluster on January 23, 2016 at 5:56 PM

Why aren’t their employers or the schools they attend morally, legally, and financially responsible for putting them on a non-stop flight to their home countries at the end of their US gigs?

BuckeyeSam on January 23, 2016 at 6:49 PM

Would any real American take a post by a guy named ‘Jazz Shaw’ seriously? It’s clearly an un-American name, probably of Kanuk origin.

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2016 at 5:32 PM

…says Chow Myself!

JugEarsButtHurt on January 23, 2016 at 7:44 PM

Would any real American take a post by a guy named ‘Jazz Shaw’ seriously?

DarkCurrent on January 23, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Would any real American take a post of the Celestial Prince seriously?

Younggod on January 23, 2016 at 9:16 PM

The way I see it, is that the DHS is using a double headed coin to determine who is the lucky group today to be deported home.

MSGTAS on January 24, 2016 at 8:14 AM

Inject a miniature tracking device as they enter the country…in the center of their brain.

vnvet on January 24, 2016 at 10:33 AM

It’s all the fault of the GOP in Congress for cutting the DHS budge….Oh, crap….

Another Drew on January 24, 2016 at 12:01 PM