Illegal Migrants Don't Just Enter at the U.S. Southern Border

By Jessica M. Vaughan on June 22, 2022

The worsening crisis at the southern border has rightfully drawn the attention of the public, as record-breaking numbers of illegal migrants are being waved in by the Biden administration and resettled in communities across the nation at enormous cost to taxpayers. Less obvious, but equally consequential, is the steady stream of new settlers who are admitted on visas but then decide to illegally remain past their allowed duration of stay. According to the latest report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), these "overstayers" numbered more than 500,000 in 2020. They are believed to represent as much as 40 percent of the total illegal alien population and are living proof of the persistent, concerning vulnerabilities present in our immigration system.

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Our front-line immigration officers will never have the ability to read the mind of foreign visitors in order to glean their true motives for entering our country, which would be the only foolproof vetting system. Because we want to continue to welcome legitimate temporary visitors from abroad, we need to adjust our laws to try to prevent the next 500,000 overstayers and the unknown threats among them.

[Read the whole thing at Newsweek.]