EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) — A lot of controversy, and even a government shutdown, surrounds building a wall on the U.S. / Mexico border.
A new report from CBS, however, says a border wall would stop less than half of illegal immigration.
The report says one-third of recent undocumented immigrants came to the U.S. through the southern border and the rest overstayed a visa.
CBS says according to the latest data from the Center for Migration Studies, about 42 percent of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. came legally on work visas and stayed after they expired.
Pew Research Center says the undocumented population hit a 12-year low in 2016 and from 2011 to 2016, a little over 500,000 Mexicans illegally entered at the southern border.
That’s down from more than 2 million in 2007, CBS reports.
CBS says as of September 2017, there are an estimated 700,000 foreigners living in the U.S. on expired visas.
The report says the Trump administration put forth some measures to stop visa overstays.
For example, they say ICE now sends emails to visa holders to warn that their residency is about to expire.
The director at the Center for Immigration Studies tells CBS that she believes the move would make people think twice about staying.
CBS says as the southern border has hardened, the number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. is estimated to have risen by more than 5 million.
by SIMON WILLIAMS for WHAM
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