Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DHS Reports Huge Number of Visitors Overstayed in 2015 - AMERICA: NO LEGAL NEED APPLY AND THE LOOTING IS ALWAYS GOOD AND EASY!

DHS Reports Huge Number of Visitors Overstayed in 2015

By Jessica Vaughan, January 20, 2016
A long-awaited report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirms that overstays are a significant source of illegal immigration. The report identified just over 527,000 foreign visitors who apparently did not depart as required when their authorized stay expired in 2015. Approximately 484,000 were presumed to be still in the United States at the end of 2015, and 416,500 had not departed as of January 4, 2016.
Of these overstaying visitors, 43 percent had entered on a business or tourist visa, 29 percent had entered under the controversial visa waiver program (VWP), and 28 percent had entered from Canada or Mexico.
For the report, DHS analyzed the records of only a sub-set of foreign visitors, namely arrival and departure records for air and sea travelers who entered for the purpose of business or pleasure. This sub-set of 45 million admissions is only a fraction of the total non-immigrant admissions to the United States in 2015 by air, sea, and land for all purposes.
DHS did not examine the records of visitors who entered by land, which is more than three-quarters of all admissions to the United States. Nor did it track the records of visitors granted visas for purposes other than business or pleasure, such as students, guestworkers or exchange visitors. These categories represent a much smaller share of all annual arrivals, but still account for several million admissions per year. Some of these categories have been found to have significant overstay and status violation rates in the past, and have been exploited by terrorists.
The report's findings suggest that additional resources must be directed toward deterring and removing overstays. The Government Accountability Office has found that in recent years only 3 percent of the enforcement resources of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were dedicated to addressing overstays, and only a small number (about 8,000) overstays are removed annually, out of a total estimated population of four to 5.5 million overstays in the United States.
Other key findings:
  • The number of business and pleasure visitors entering by air or sea who did not depart in 2015 was approximately 211,000. The number of VWP overstayers still here at the end of 2015 was approximately 137,000. The number of Canadian and Mexican air and sea travelers who did not depart on time in 2015 was 135,000.
  • The DHS overstay rate methodology, which uses admissions rather than individuals, produces a deceptively low overstay rate that does not reflect the true magnitude of the problem. DHS has calculated an overall business/pleasure air/sea overstay rate for 2015 of about 1 percent. The agency did not calculate an overstay rate for individual travelers. Under this methodology, the frequent visits by millions of compliant travelers have the effect of suppressing the overall overstay rate, because those who overstay are most likely to do it on their first visit. For example, if 10 people are admitted to the United States for three visits each and all are compliant, that is counted as 30 admissions. If in addition one person is admitted and overstays, that is counted as one admission. Using the DHS methodology, in this case the overstay rate would be 1/31 or 3 percent, not 1/11 or 9 percent. DHS has established that the business/pleasure categories include many individuals who are admitted multiple times in one year, and it is their compliance that is reflected in the low-sounding overstay rate.
  • The countries with the highest number of overstays were Canada, with 93,000, and Mexico, with 42,000 in 2015.
  • The non-contiguous countries with the highest number of overstays for visa holders were Brazil (37,000), China (18,000), and Colombia (17,000). The non-contiguous countries with the highest overstay rates for air/sea business/pleasure visitors (all over 18 percent) were Djibouti, Bhutan, and Laos.
  • The VWP countries with the highest overstay numbers were Germany (22,500), Italy (19,000), and the United Kingdom (19,000). The VWP countries with the highest overstay rates were Hungary, Slovakia, Chile, Greece, and Portugal (all over 2.3 percent). The overstay rates of these countries were more than triple the overall average overstay rate of 0.73 percent, and should raise concerns about their continued participation in VWP.
  • The DHS report indicates that the changes to the VWP proposed by the Schumer-Rubio "Gang of Eight" comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in 2013 are profoundly unworkable. The bill's language, which was copied from another proposal known as the JOLT Act, stipulated that countries with an overstay rate of less than 3 percent (among other criteria) could potentially qualify for VWP. The findings of the DHS report indicate that under the Schumer-Rubio rules almost half the countries in the world would be eligible based on overstay rates. The list would include: Russia, Ecuador, El Salvador, India, China, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. In these cases, the deceptively low overstay rates likely reflect the fact that many citizens do not qualify for a visa and therefore do not have the opportunity to enter and overstay, not that there is low propensity for them to overstay.
Lawmakers and the public should be tremendously concerned that DHS identified more than 400,000 foreign visitors who did not depart in 2015 as required and who apparently have joined the huge population of illegal aliens in the United States. More than 12,000 came from countries associated with terrorism. Clearly, our immigration controls are not sufficient to protect Americans. These scofflaws are encouraged by the Obama administration's appalling neglect of interior enforcement and overly generous visa policies.






"The poll comes amid a slew of other reports detailing an immense drop in the living standards of a significant section of the US population, a component of the growth of social inequality more broadly."

Survey finds a majority of Americans unable to pay for major unexpected expenses

By Nick Barrickman
9 January 2016

A new survey put out by the personal finance management site on Wednesday found that more than half of Americans could not weather a sudden financial crisis without having to borrow money from friends and family or being forced to reduce the amount spent on other items such as dining out, paying cable or cell phone bills, or other basic features of a “middle class” lifestyle.

The survey, conducted last month among a pool of 1,000 Americans in conjunction with Princeton Survey Research Associates International, found that only 37 percent of those surveyed would be able to pay an emergency expense of $1,000, such as an emergency room visit or the cost of repairing a broken down vehicle, out of pocket.

Sixty-three percent of those surveyed would not be able to cover such a sudden expense without either cutting down on expenses elsewhere, borrowing or resorting to credit. The survey found that nearly four in 10 Americans had suffered such a financial setback in 2015.
“Without an adequate rainy-day fund, we are all living on a very slippery financial slope,” Gail Cunningham of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling told “The unexpected, unplanned expense is going to rear its ugly head and usually at the most inopportune time…Things as small as a flat tire or one trip to the emergency room can wreck the budgets of those who do not have an adequate amount in their savings account,” she said.

For Americans making less than $30,000 per year, only 23 percent would be able to cover such a sudden expense on their own. This was contrasted by nearly 60 percent of those making over $75,000 annually who could say the same. Nine percent making $30,000 or below stated that they did not know how they would cover such expenses, meaning that they were one expensive setback away from personal financial ruin.

The poll comes amid a slew of other reports detailing an immense drop in the living standards of a significant section of the US population, a component of the growth of social inequality more broadly.

Since the 2008 financial collapse and the subsequent economic “recovery” in 2009, 95 percent of all wealth gains have gone to the top 1 percent in society. A report released in November by the St. Louis Federal Reserve showed that Americans’ personal savings in 2015 were half of what the average was in the early 1980s.

A US Federal Reserve report released in 2014 found that nearly six in 10 Americans had lost all or part of their savings due to the financial impact of the 2008 economic crisis, while a 2015 study by revealed that the majority of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings to their name. A report released the Pew Research firm last month revealed that the number of middle-income homes as a portion of the population had largely vanished in the span of a few decades.

The figures come as the US Federal Reserve has begun raising interest rates for banks and other financial institutions, which will likely lead to further difficulty for individuals who rely upon credit in order to finance their costs of living.
The expenses eating away at the typical individual’s savings read like essential items for living in modern society. According to, the largest expense for one-third of all Americans outside of food and shelter consisted of utilities such as water, electricity or phone service. For those over the age of 50, one in five cited medical bills as their largest co

Placating Americans with Fake Immigration Law Enforcement

How our leaders create fantasy 'solutions' for our immigration-related vulnerabilities.
 By Michael Cutler, December 4, 2015

Therefore the Visa Waiver Program should have been terminated after the terror attacks of 9/11 yet it has continually been expanded.

It is clear that the overarching goal of a succession of administrations and many members of Congress, irrespective of political party affiliation, is to keep our borders open and take no meaningful action to stop that flow of aliens into the United States.
. . .
The obvious question is why the Visa Waiver Program is considered so sacrosanct that even though it defies the advice and findings of the 9/11 Commission no one has the moral fortitude to call for simply terminating this dangerous program.
The answer can be found in the incestuous relationship between the Chamber of Commerce and its subsidiary, the Corporation for Travel Promotion, now doing business as Brand USA.
The Chamber of Commerce has arguably been the strongest supporter of the Visa Waiver Program, which currently enables aliens from 38 countries to enter the United States without first obtaining a visa.
The U.S. State Department provides a thorough explanation of the Visa Waiver Program on its website.
Incredibly, the official State Department website also provides a link, “Discover America,” on that website which relates to the website of The Corporation for Travel Promotion, which is affiliated with the travel industries that are a part of the “Discover America Partnership.
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