WTimes by Stephen Dinan --
The government flagged more than 1.6 million foreign visitors for
overstaying their visas from 2013 to 2015, but deportation agents said
they fell too low on President Obama’s list of priorities to bother
targeting for removal, according to a watchdog report released Monday.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the deportation agency, concluded that it would cost too much to pursue the overstays, the Government Accountability Office
said. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations branch instead chose to
focus on illegal immigrants who jumped the border and who amassed
serious criminal records — the priorities Mr. Obama laid out.
pose an increasingly prominent problem in illegal immigration, with
estimates saying that as the border has become more secure, migrants are
attempting to enter by getting legal passes and refusing to leave when
their time is up.