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The federal government has reportedly lost track of more than 6,000 foreigners on student visas, some of whom may be in the country "to do us harm."
According to an ABC News investigation, "58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern." ABC found that "the number of foreign nationals obtaining visas to study in the U.S. has grown from 662,966 in 2003 to more than 1.2 million in 2012."
Peter Edge, "the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators," told ABC News that some of the foreign nationals "could be here to do us harm" and his "greatest concern is that they could be doing anything."
originally posted by: intrepid
Just curious on this:
Who Could 'Do Us Harm'
The quote marks means it's an opinion, not fact, right?
originally posted by: Bassago
a reply to: xuenchen
If they could do us harm then my question is why did they get visa's in the first place. That seems just plain stupid.
originally posted by: usernameconspiracy
Whether in the country on a student or work visa, there really isn't a structure in place to adequately know where a particular person is located. People overstay their visas routinely. Constant reductions in budgets to agencies means less and less people to perform functions like rounding up people on expired visas.