You’d think that a problem flagged as one of the key contributing factors to 9/11 would be a legislative priority for Congress. But that would be giving them too much credit.
Since that attack, we’ve started and completed a 20-year war in Afghanistan. Followed by two years of quibbling over the details about how we handled those final months in Kabul.
We are STILL no closer to having a solution to illegal visa overstays.
But that might be ready to change.
The Timely Departure Act would require some foreign nationals seeking admission to the U.S. on a temporary visa to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 in a bond or cash payment. That money would then be returned to them when they leave the U.S. in accordance with the terms of the visa, or transfer to a green card.
If they overstayed, however, that money would be retained by the Department of Homeland Security, and it would be diverted into an account – the ‘Immigration Detention and Enforcement Account” – to fund the detention and removal of those in the country illegally.
The bill would also bar visa overstays from making a defensive asylum claim after their visas have expired.
Vance’s office noted data that there are approximately 700,000 visa overstays a year, making it an often-overlooked but significant contribution to the illegal immigration problem the U.S. is tackling. In FY 2020, there were 684,499 overstays – about 1.48% of expected departures.
“America is a welcoming nation, but we are also a nation of laws,” Vance said in a statement. “There are millions of people in this country who have abused our visa system and circumvented our legal immigration process. It is a slap in the face to the working-class Ohioans whose wages are suffering – I will not stand for it.” — FoxNews
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.