Federal Agents have announced they intend to step up scrutiny on immigrants who have over-stayed their holiday visas.
Since earlier this year agents have been running overstayed-visas files through security, immigration and law enforcement databases, the Daily News reports.
The Department of Homeland Security has been attempted to deal with the millions of immigrants who have overstayed their holiday visas after at least four September 11 hijackers were found to be in the country with out-of-date visas.
Should I stay or should I go? Undocumented Irish talk about missing family life
Registry Legalization - Immigration grants for undocumented
Many undocumented Irish are fed up and heading for home
New immigration fingerprint programme rejected by Illinois, New York and Massachusetts
John Cohen, the department's principal deputy coordinator for counterterrorism said this is part of their screening for any immigrants who may be a considered a risk by national security.
Authorities began screening a backlog of 1.6 million visas earlier this spring. After running checks they found that 800,000 had either updated their visa status or left the country. They flagged 2,000 of the remaining visas for investigation for national security reasons.
The 9/11 commission have recommended the establishment of a biometric exit program which would effectively “log out” immigrants from the U.S. once they exit. However Homeland Security said this would prove too expensive.
Log in with your social accounts:
Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:
Don't have an account yet? Register now !
Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:
Already have an account ? Log in
Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:
Make sure we gathered the correct information from you
You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.
Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: