The White House is mulling over a new travel restrictions targeting nationals of countries with high rates of overstaying visas in the United States according to source within the US Department of Homeland Security.
The targeted countries according to the source with high rates of overstaying their temporary visas are in Africa. Nigeria, Chad, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Liberia, Somalia, and South Sudan have among the highest overstay rates for short-term tourist and business visas.
The US President Donald Trump at a meeting in January 2018 referred to some African nations as “shithole countries“ and questioned why their nationals should be admitted to the U.S. Trump has been cracking down on illegal immigrants with several measures including the latest move that is still under consideration.
Trump has focused intensely during his presidency on the flow of migrants at the southwest border, but devoted little attention to the hundreds of thousands of migrants who overstay a visa each year. In 2004, Congress called for the development of a biometric system to track arrivals and departures from the U.S. Successive administrations — including the current one — have failed implement biometric exit tracking, although Customs and Border Protection has conducted several pilots.
A 2006 report by the Pew Research Center estimated that up to 45 percent of the undocumented population entered the country on a valid visa, but did not depart. Roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants reside in the U.S., according to the organization’s latest analysis.