There are more than 6,000 immigrants currently “missing” from federal tracking systems, having overstayed their visas in the U.S. and vanished, according to ABC News.
The Department of Homeland Security told ABC News it has struggled to keep track of an influx of foreign students who obtain and overstay their visas. The 6,000 figure represents the number of missing immigrants flagged as being of “heightened concern,” according to the report.
Peter Edge, who leads investigations into visa violations for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told ABC News, “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”
More from the report:
Tightening up the student visa program was one of the major recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, after it was determined that the hijacker who flew Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had entered the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up for school.
Edge said ICE agents are trying to locate every one of the 6,000 missing students, but acknowledged that “we really have a lot more work to do” to tighten up the student visa program.
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