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Illegal immigration

Border Crossings v Visa Overstays

More illegal immigration stems from visa overstays than illegal border crossings. Yet, the number of illegals crossing the southern border is of grave concern. However, I do not believe that more border walls are the answer. The border wall has been compromised and has failed to appropriately secure the border.

Instead, we need to use technology, drones, cameras, and listening devices to track and capture illegals who cross the border and attempt to disappear into the United States.

Those who entered the nation legally but overstayed their visas make up about two-thirds of unauthorized immigrants, data shows.

In fiscal 2017, for instance, the most recent year for which both metrics are available, the Border Patrol apprehended just over 310,000 undocumented border crossers. But more than 700,000 foreigners overstayed visas (52.7 million people were issued temporary visas for tourism, business, education, etc.), according to the Homeland Security Department, and more than 85 percent of them were thought still in the United States at the year’s close.

United States immigrants become a part of U.S. culture through avenues such as citizenship, becoming legal permanent residents, or by seeking humanitarian protection. 

To immigrate to the United States permanently, first a person would apply for an immigrant visa and find a US citizen to sponsor their application. 

Applicants need to have permanent residency for a minimum of two years; 1,095 full days have to be spent in Canada before the date of application; 5 years are taken into account before the date of application by the IRCC.

To immigrate to the United States means to relocate permanently by obtaining an immigrant visa, commonly called a “green card” or “lawful permanent residence.” 

A green card can be renewed indefinitely. It allows the holder unrestricted employment, permits them to live and work in the U.S. indefinitely, join the armed forces, and apply for U.S. citizenship after five years - three if married to a U.S. citizen. The Green Card is the pathway to U.S. citizenship.

Passage of the Dream Act will bring stability and comfort to immigrants who were brought here illegally by their families.

By law, individuals can only seek asylum once they are physically present in the United States or when they are arriving at a port of entry. Most asylum seekers and unaccompanied children who are unable to seek asylum at ports of entry generally turn themselves in to the Border Patrol immediately upon crossing the border and ask to access the asylum process. Even when asylum seekers voluntarily turn themselves in to the Border Patrol, they are still recorded as having been “apprehended.”

The Title 42 exclusion act, which was suspended by CDC during the Pandemic, required border agents at the Southern border to send the illegal crossers, they apprehend, back to Mexico. During Covid that CDC imposed an exception to Title 42.  However, that will soon be lifted. Once it is lifted, illegal immigrants will be caught and released into the United States pending the outcome of their court proceedings. 

The problem is most illegal immigrants disappear into the United States and fail to show up for their court hearings.

To address this issue and increase the likelihood that illegal immigrants will show up in court, I suggest we put a monitor on them so that we know their locations at all times. They would have to waive any due process rights to be released into the U.S., or, by default, choose to be returned to Mexico. 

This type of intrusion would never be suggested for U.S. citizens who are not under court ordered monitoring.