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DHS Official: If You Overstay Your Visa and Aren't a Known Terrorist, We'll Leave You Alone


At a Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) questioned officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the issue of immigrants who overstay their temporary visas. 

In the first exchange, the DHS admitted to a monumental policy deficiency:

Sessions: If they came here from a country, and did not return, and you have no information they are a terrorist based on the information you have, you don't go look for the do you?

DHS official, Haley: No, sir.

Sessions tried to determine if, and how, DHS deals with people who overstay their visas:



Perdue asked a representative from DHS about the number of investigations that happen for immigrants who overstay their temporary visas:


Is anyone going to do anything about this, or will they just keep talking about it?

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