Serial No. 115-17: Visa Overstays: A Gap in the Nation's Border Security, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, May 23, 2017 [open pdf - 285KB]
This is the May 23, 2017 hearing "Visa Overstays: A Gap in the Nation's Border Security" before the "House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security of the Committee on Homeland Security. From the opening statement of Martha McSally. "The subcommittee is meeting today to examine visa overstays and their impact on National security. Conversations about the best way to secure the southern land border have been the principal focus of the media, Congress, and the administration for the last months. Today I want to transition to an equally important but often overlooked aspect of our border and National security, visa overstays. Yesterday DHS released the official fiscal year 2016 overstay numbers, and this year they expanded the number of visa overstay categories to include students and other non-immigrant visa holders. I want to commend DHS for producing a more accurate picture of the challenge, but the numbers are stark. CBP calculated that we had nearly 740,000 people overstay their visas at some point in fiscal year 2016. Even using CBP's more generous numbers that account for some of those overstays who eventually leave, albeit late, we had almost 630,000 overstays still in the country at the end of last fiscal year. Over more time, as more and more overstays left, the number gets smaller and by January of this year, we still had 544,000 overstays from fiscal year 2016 suspected of being in the country, still an incredibly large number. To put that number in context, we only apprehended 310,000 unique individuals crossing the land border illegally last year, meaning we had almost twice as many overstays as people apprehended at the land Southern Border. It is probably time to jettison the conventional wisdom that visa overstays make up about 40 percent of the illicit flow." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Dougherty, John Wagner, Clark Settles, and John Roth.
Serial No. 115-17
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