Amidst enormous controversy, including a partial government shutdown, surrounding the building of a US-Mexico border wall, a new report released by CBS unequivocally says half of the total illegal immigration into the United States can be stopped by building a border wall according to data from the Center for Migration Studies.
According to the report, the southern border made it possible for one-third of the total recent undocumented immigrants in the US to be in the country while the other two-thirds have overstayed various kinds of visas.
Bringing Data to Focus
The latest data from the Center for Migration Studies reveal that a little below half (42%) of the undocumented immigrants residing in the United States entered the country legally on work visas but failed to leave the country when such visas expire.
In 2016, undocumented population in the US hit a 12-year low according to Pew Research Center. The center equally revealed that only about 500,000 Mexicans entered through the southern border illegally between 2011 and 2016 representing a huge fall from the above two million that entered in 2007 according to CBS.
Roughly 700,000 foreigners are residing in the United States on an expired visa as at September 2017 according to CBS report. The report acknowledged that the current administration has measures in place to cub visa overstays. A measure is U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) sending of mail to visa holders to flag them about their visas were about to expire.
This will make people reconsider overstaying their visas according to the director at the Center for Immigration Studies.
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