On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security said that nearly 740,000 people overstayed their US visas in 2016, which amounts to more than the population of the state of Alaska.
The Associated Press reports:
A large percent of those were students and foreign exchange visitors — 79,818 — who were supposed to leave in 2016 but didn’t.
China had the largest number of student overstays, followed by Saudi Arabia, South Korea, India and Brazil, the department said.
Homeland Security last year published the number of overstays for the first time in at least two decades, saying 527,127 people who came by air or ship stayed past their visas from October 2014 to September 2015.
An estimated 40 percent of the roughly 11 million people currently in the country illegally stayed past their visas.
This year’s report added student and foreign exchange visitors and many visa categories for temporary workers, while last year’s only counted business travelers and tourists. Homeland Security said it will make additional improvements in future reports, including more data on people who cross by land.
According to 2016 estimations by Borough, Census Area, and Economic Region, the population of the state of Alaska is 739, 828.
That was under Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah.
President Donald Trump has pledged to be tough on illegal immigration. In the first few weeks of his presidency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased arrests of illegal aliens by 32%.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that due to the new crackdown, ICE had even arrested 367 illegal aliens in one week, and ICE agents busted 82 illegals from 26 different countries in a Washington, DC operation.
According to Homeland Security, they have even been authorized to arrest and deport illegal aliens who are victims of crime while they are at a courthouse.
Trump has failed so far to live up to his promise to fund and begin building the wall on the US southern border, that was largely due to failing to fight for that funding in a spending bill earlier this year. While ridiculous spending of $18 million funded a Marine Corps nude photo scandal, and other unconstitutional spending went into the bill, no funding was provided for the promised wall.
Still, if you wanted to see a crackdown on illegal immigrants, then Trump seems to be delivering on that promise.