Visa overstays aren’t the biggest problem with undocumented immigration — the southern border is

A New York Times headline on Monday said that there’s “An Immigrant Influx That a Wall Won’t Deter.” So, yes, even during an impeachment, the national media are still trying to convince the public that every commonsense thing we know about immigration is wrong.

The story told of the thousands of people each year who overstay their travel visas, thus making them “illegal immigrants,” even though they had initial permission to enter the United States and didn’t sneak across the southern border.

Earlier this year, NPR similarly ran a story about visa overstays outnumbering illegal border crossings.

The point, presumably, is to complicate the immigration debate and convince readers that there is no crisis at the southern border. The real fix isn’t a border wall at all! It’s simply a matter of more internal enforcement and fixing some paperwork.

This is a ruse.

First, any foreign citizen who mistakenly overstays their visa for even just one day is considered an “illegal” resident. If a traveler from India has no intention of staying in the U.S. but remains here for an extra week, his status is illegal. That’s not the type of person we’re worried about. We’re worried about the hundreds of thousands who are coming every month with the purpose of staying, and those people are making their way in by illegally crossing into the country from Mexico and then claim they are seeking asylum.

The New York Times even acknowledged this in its report. “The government reported that nearly 670,000 travelers who arrived by air or sea and were supposed to depart in the 2018 fiscal year had not left by Sept. 30, 2018,” it said. “That number had dropped to nearly 415,700 by March 2019, because many people overstay by just a few months.”

In contrast, the people coming in from Mexico aren’t tripping into the U.S. by mistake and then hopping back once they realize the error. In nearly every case, they’re flooding in and hoping it’s a one-way journey.

By Eddie Scarry for WASHINGTON EXAMINER
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