DHS admits it's not deporting most visa overstays

Article author: 
Joel Gehrke
Article publisher: 
Fox News
Article date: 
27 January 2016
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

A pair of Department of Homeland Security officials told the Senate Wednesday that the government does not search for most of the people who overstay their temporary visas ...

"I didn't mean to imply that we're actually out monitoring them," Craig Healy, an assistant director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., during Senate Judiciary subcommittee panel. Healy said that they review the universe of people who overstayed their visas and "prioritize" the deportation of people who went on to commit other crimes.

Their exchange came at the outset of a hearing on the federal government's failure to implement a biometric system to track entries into and exits from the country, as required by a 2004 law ...

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8 U.S. Code § 1365b - Biometric entry and exit data system

(a) Finding
  Consistent with the report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Congress finds that completing a biometric entry and exit data system as expeditiously as possible is an essential investment in efforts to protect the United States by preventing the entry of terrorists.

1) Integration of data system 
Not later than 2 years after December 17, 2004, the Secretary shall fully integrate all databases and data systems that process or contain information on aliens, which are maintained by—

  (i) the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement;
  (ii) the United States Customs and Border Protection; and
  (iii) the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;
(B) the Department of Justice, at the Executive Office for Immigration Review; and
(C) the Department of State, at the Bureau of Consular Affairs.