In the last two years thousands of people from countries with a heavy ISIS foothold, have been admitted to the United States. Many failed to depart under the conditions of their nonimmigrant visas. These are people from countries such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, who have received visas for business or pleasure.
Many of the perpetrators of 9/11 were admitted as nonimmigrants and overstayed their visa before committing the atrocities of that day.
The Department of Homeland Security recently released a report titled “Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015.” This report focuses only on those people entering the United States through sea or airports for business or pleasure (B1/B2 Visas) who have failed to depart as required.
The report highlights that of the more than 44 million nonimmigrants entering into the U.S. with B1/B2 visas through sea and air ports, just over 500,000 failed to depart the United States as required. The Department of Homeland Security touts this as more than 98% of all nonimmigrant entries have left as required.
The Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015 breaks down the B1/B2 entries by country and that is where the alarming facts can be found.
In 2015, the United States allowed 13,240 B1/B2 visitors into the United States from Syria. Syria, whose government is teetering on the state of collapse as we bolster the rebels in an attempt to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, still managed to get more than 13,000 citizens approved for nonimmigrant visas to visit the United States last year. In 2014, the number is similar with 13,297 Syrian citizens entering into the United States through sea or air ports on B1/B2 nonimmigrant visas.
Even more alarming than the approval of more than 26,000 Syrian citizens for nonimmigrant visas, is that the same report shows that 440 of the 13,240 visitors in 2015, never left the United States. And in 2014, 720 out of the 13,297 Syrians never left the United States.
But it isn’t just Syria. The number of visitors with B1/B2 nonimmigrant visas entering the United States from several other suspected terrorist sponsoring countries is alarming.
- Afghanistan, 2015: 2136 entered, 219 failed to depart.
- Afghanistan, 2014: 1374 entered, 146 failed to depart.
- Iraq, 2015: 11,147 entered, 681 failed to depart.
- Iraq, 2014: 9855 entered, 602 failed to depart.
- Iran, 2015: 24,997 entered, 564 failed to depart.
- Iran, 2014: 16,429 entered, 441 failed to depart
- Libya, 2015: 1245 entered, 46 failed to depart.
- Libya, 2014: 1368 entered, 76 failed to depart.
While we are alarmed to hear about people from these countries entering the United States illegally at our borders, tens of thousands are being welcomed into the United States; and many are never leaving. Could ISIS, or another terrorist group, send their agents to the United States as nonimmigrants? The answer is obvious.