Friday, April 19, 2019
Krishnadev Calamur in The Atlantic focus our attention on visa overstays, the source of a majority of new undocumented immigrants in the United States today. The much-discussed "wall" will not have any impact on visa overstays, who entered the country lawfully at ports of entry. As Calamur writes, "These immigrants, who enter countries legally on student, tourist, or work visas and then stay past their visa’s expiration date, are often overlooked in the discussion of illegal immigration. But in the past 10 years, visa overstays in the United States have outnumbered border crossings by a ratio of about 2 to 1, according to Robert Warren, who was for a decade the director of the statistics division at the agency that has since been renamed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and who is now a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York–based organization."