Politics

Trump’s Plan For Solving Illegal Immigration Crisis Doesn’t Stop At The Border

Protecting our borders have become one of the most talked about topics over the past few years, and it’s among the most complex and dire issues facing our country, but President Trump has a comprehensive plan to accomplish that important task and to secure our borders.

The massive influx of illegal immigration at the border has begun to overwhelm our immigration enforcement professionals. This issue is capturing the nation’s attention and rightly so. However, beefing up the Border Patrol and building new border walls is just the beginning of President Trump’s complex approach to fixing our broken immigration system and security.

President Trump announced that his administration will be cracking down on the widespread abuse of U.S. visas. This long neglected issue is a major source of illegal immigration. This drains our resources, makes rule of law a laughing stock when people can so easily dismiss that what tey are doing is indeed illegal, and poses a significant threat to America’s national security on all fronts.

President Trump wrote in an official statement: “Although the United States benefits from legitimate (non-immigrant) entry, individuals who abuse the visa process and decline to abide by the terms and conditions of their visas, including their visa departure dates, undermine the integrity of our immigration system and harm the national interest. The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall immediately begin taking all appropriate actions…to reduce overstay rates for all classes of (non-immigrant) visas.”

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He has begun instructing both officials to submit plans for new policies to strengthen enforcement and deterrence over the next several months.

The decision to go after visa violators is significant issue despite to what Dems have been telling everyone. President Trump understands that while building a wall on the southern border is necessary, solving the illegal immigration crisis requires many different strategies and can’t be resolved with just one action.

Securing the border with a physical barrier addresses one type of illegal immigration, but there are other areas of issue in our immigration laws, allowing migrants to circumvent the legal immigration process. Turns out visa overstays are perhaps an even bigger problem than border crossing is.

Wondering what I am talking about, here are some statistics for you to consider. In 2016, more than 600,000 people who entered the country on a visa failed to leave the U.S. before their travel documents expired. That same year, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol apprehended just over 400,000 migrants attempting to cross the border illegally.

Shockingly, travelers who have overstayed their visas make up an estimated 40 percent of the entire illegal immigrant population in America. Talk about opening your eye up a little bit to a different issue that no one talks about.

President Trump has been promising to address the visa problem since before he was elected, stating that it must be part of a ‘comprehensive strategy to reform our immigration system’.

Back in August of 2016 Trump has said: “I am going to build a great border wall, institute nationwide e-verify, stop illegal immigrants from accessing welfare and entitlements, and develop an exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas are quickly removed. If we don’t enforce visa expiration dates, then we have an open border — it’s as simple as that.”

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President Trump has been working towards securing the border, and towards immigration issues this country faces, but has been it head on with backlash from the Democratic party since the beginning. I believe however that Trump is definitely on to something, and he is telling the American people the truth about what the real issues at hand are.

It also seems now that the construction of the wall is underway, President Trump is not wasting any time confronting other major flaws in our immigration system. It looks as though reducing visa overstays is a great place to start.