U.S. Cracking Down on Visa Overstays

Visiting the U.S. can be viewed in terms of pre-9/11 and post-9/11.  Add the latest wrinkle:  pre-2016 Presidential Election and post-2016 Presidential Election.  In other words, Donald Trump and the Republicans, whether they get a crack at the White House or not, will influence immigration policy in the United States and it’s already started. For example, when Ines Gómez Calderón arrived at Miami International Airport June 1 on a flight from Colombia she was promptly arrested after immigration authorities learned she had previously overstayed her tourist visa for nine years.

While Gómez Calderon’s lengthy overstay was an unusual case, passport control officers at MIA regularly encounter travelers who have previously stayed beyond the expiration date on their visas.

Visa overstays are drawing media attention these days after the issue entered the nascent debate in the 2016 presidential race. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who announced his candidacy in Miami on June 15, told the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco in January that visa overstays are a major problem that needs to be resolved for border security.

Immigration policy is a moving target in the U.S.

Read Alfonso Chardy’s Miami Herald article here:


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