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.
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