In a write up themed “Are illegal immigrants going against a law? Not really”, CNN tried to explain the subject that migrants are not exactly breaching a law by not leaving the United States.
As far as the law is concerned, anyone trying to enter the United States without the legal consent of the officers in charge of immigration is committing a crime.
It is a violation of the law that is accompanied with hefty fines along with jail time. Most times, many citizens from other countries come to the United States legally on the grounds of work or study and eventually stay way beyond the time allocated by the immigration office for reasons best known to them.
That, however, is not an infraction of the law (state or federal).
That is a public offense which is dealt with by following due processes in a court meant specifically to handle immigration cases. Research has shown that approximately 45% of illegal migrants initially came into the United States on legal grounds, and overstayed in the country without the consent of the immigration department weeks after the expiration of their visas. The view that those who overstay their visas are committing a crime by not only remaining in the country but working in the states also, was shared by Mark Krikorian.
“If they work in the country, they do so by being on the record. If they are on record, then it goes without saying that they tender illegitimate papers so they can work.
To work in the U.S, you need Social Security number or provide evidence of a Driver’s license. If you tender fake information, that’s an offense against the state.” Mark is the Executive Director of CIS (Center for Immigration Studies).
Asides they crime of providing false information, those who stay beyond the time allocated them in their visas tend to commit other crimes such as impersonation, and fraud of different magnitudes so that they can continue to work in the country.
The write-up by CNN failed to highlight these crimes. It, however, concluded its argument by subscribing to the thought that staying beyond ones’ visa is not a crime, and as such, the president should not engage in a witch-hunt and deportation of such individuals.
“Even though we have a high number of amerceable foreigners staying in the country, they can’t all have been involved in criminal activities simply by staying in the United States,” says Laura Jarrett.