Thousands roam the U.S. on expired student visas unchecked

Commentary by Dwight L. Schwab Jr.

With thousands of illegal immigrants either sitting at the southern border or being shipped throughout the country to various locations, the Obama administration has yet another scandal on its hands. It seems the administration is unable to locate 6,000 foreign nationals who have entered the United States on student visas, according to ABC News.

What makes this more incredible is the growing concern that the government’s ability to track potential terror suspects is nothing more than a joke. It is suspected by many experts that thousands may already be in the country. The idea that it is time to grant full or partial amnesty to any illegal is beyond comprehension.

Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators says, “My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything. Some of them could be here to do us harm.”

expired student visas imageEdge’s comments followed British Prime Minister David Cameron’s bold remarks to the House of Commons announcing plans to block all British jihadist passports from re-entering the country. The threat of violence from the Islamic State is apparently being taken as a national threat and not a political football for some encounter group discussion. America’s staunchest ally is taking the lead that should be the United State’s role.

Many within Washington lawmaker circles wonder where the President of the United States is on this topic of this international crisis. The United Kingdom has taken moves to prevent these jihadist-trained nationals from ever returning to provoke deadly violence. The president and his party cannot seriously think these are potential Democratic votes in the future.

It would seem only logical that President Obama review the southern border invasion of thousands of unknown illegals and propose a plan of America’s own making to stop the tide of unprocessed aliens from putting one foot on U.S. soil. The vote to do so in Congress would be overwhelming.

Whether or not this is an unpopular move among Obama’s political base is negated by the growing threat to America’s national security. The shocking facts are that foreign students entering the United States have overstayed their visa limitations to the tune of 58,000 individuals. There are no real numbers available for how many illegal aliens are wandering the American countryside unchecked, unprocessed and free to travel at will. What has been a political folly for years is now a matter of national survival.

One stunning fact is since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the United States on terrorism-related charges ABC News reported. Reasonably, the schools should monitor their individual foreign students but they haven’t the time or the money to do so with precision.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) says, “We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money and not educate them at all. To me, it’s a mess.”

It is a mess that should be priority one to Homeland Security, the FBI and the President of the United States. “Protect and defend” is part of the president’s oath of office and it is time to follow through with immediacy on those very words. The American people should demand it.

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