If there was ever any doubt about the need for a travel ban on foreigners entering the United States, these stats would make the case.
According to The Blaze, some 740,000 foreign visitors overstayed their visas and remained in the country at the end of 2016.
Going back a year further the report found that another 416,500 visitors from 2015 who had failed to return at the end of 2015, were still in the country at the end of 2016.
The government estimates that about 40 percent of the illegal population in the U.S. is made of people who arrived on a visa but simply did not ever leave.
Identifying overstays is important for national security, public safety, immigration enforcement, and processing applications for immigration benefits,” the new report said. “[D]HS will continue to annually and publicly release this overstay data, and looks forward to providing updates to congressional members and their staff on its ongoing progress.”
— Department of Homeland Security
These numbers highlight the need for a revamping of the visa entry system into the U.S. as the Trump administration has proposed, but the courts have delayed.