“The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear – keeping America safe.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has some great news: More than half a million aliens overstayed their temporary visas in the United States in 2015. More than 482,000 of those individuals are believed to be still residing illegally in the United States.
Fox News reports that according to DHS’s 2015 entry and exit overstay report, around 527,127 aliens temporally granted U.S. business and tourist visas were found to have stayed in the United States longer than legally permitted.
Of those who did not leave the United States on time, around 482,781 are believed to still be illegally residing in the United States. DHS issues the report amid debate in Congress over an Obama administration initiative to permit around 170,000 new immigrants from Muslim-majority nations in 2016.
And which will come as a surprise to no one, Obama administration officials had trouble in the past year informing Congress about the number of individuals who had overstayed their visas. The administration also could not provide Congress with statistics about the number of Syrian refugees who had been granted residency in the United States in 2015.
Last year there were 219 illegal overstays from Afghanistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 56 from Libya, 1,435 from Pakistan, 440 from Syria, and 219 from Yemen, according to the report. Many are still in the United States illegally.