Lawmaker Says DHS Entry/Exit Overstay Report ‘Alarming’

HOMELAND SECURITY TODAY — Just two of the many categories of temporary visitors to the US accounted for more than 500,000 temporary visitors who overstayed their visas last year, House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) complained in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) release yesterday of its Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015.

But, “The Department of Homeland Security’s report is not comprehensive because it uses biographic data, rather than biometric data, to determine overstay rates and it only looks at two categories of temporary visitors,” Goodlatte pointed out.

He said, “There is no way to truly determine how many people overstayed their visas without a biometric exit system. That said, many of the report’s findings are alarming: more than half a million visitors overstayed their visas, over 150,000 Visa Waiver Program visitors overstayed their allotted time here, and thousands of overstayers came from countries associated with terrorism, such as Iran, Sudan and Yemen.”

Goodlatte said, “We know that several of the 9/11 terrorists overstayed their visas and it is mind boggling that the Administration has still not addressed this issue even though it has the legal tools to do so.”

He said DHS’s “report should be a wakeup call for the administration to take steps to fully implement the law.”

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