April 23, 2019
President Donald Trump is ordering the Departments of State and Homeland Security to take all steps in their power to reduce the currently hundreds of thousands of people who overstay temporary visas every year.
A presidential memorandum, issued Monday afternoon, instructs the secretaries of State and Homeland Security to outline within 120 days recommendations for how to reduce visa overstays, especially from the 28 countries from which more than 10 percent of arrivals overstay their visas. The memorandum also instructs the secretaries to take all steps currently in their power to cut visa overstays, and orders a review of the visa waiver program.
“What we’re doing here is shutting a backdoor for illegal immigration,” an administration official told the Washington Free Beacon. “This is part of the administration’s comprehensive approach to combating illegal immigration.”
The memorandum instructs DHS and State to take all available actions, but also makes some recommendations of possible courses. These include implementing a bond system, whereby arrivals from high-overstay countries are obliged to put up collateral upon entry. They also include a consideration of the president’s powers under the Immigration and Nationality Act, including sections 215 and 212(f).
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 7:41 am