According to an audit by the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, there were an estimated 527,127 nonimmigrant visa overstays in 2015.
Only 3,402 of those were actually arrested by ICE, or one out of every 150 cases, the Washington Examiner reported.
In an alarming note, several of the hijackers involved in the 9/11 terror attack were visa overstays.
The report stated that there is a backlog of 1.2 million expired visa cases, and the technology used to identify visa overstays is flawed.
Officers reportedly have to use 27 different computer systems in order to figure out if someone left the United States when they were supposed to – and even then, the data is often incomplete, causing officials to spend time tracking down reports that frequently turn out to be false.
Faulty data often indicates that a person has left the country when, in fact, they haven’t, which allows criminals to remain in the country without anyone ever looking for them, states The Washington Times.
Judicial Watch pointed out alarming data from the 2015 audit. Of the 527,127 foreign nationals with expired visas still presumably inside the United States, 3,614 are from countries with ties to terror, including the following breakdown:
1,435 from Pakistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 440 from Syria, 219 from Yemen, 219 from Afghanistan and 56 from Libya.
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