- - Tuesday, August 4, 2015


A visa grants permission to visit a country under clearly defined terms “Questions for the debate,” Web, Aug. 3). Staying beyond the terms of one’s visa is illegal. Consequently, anyone here past the terms of his or her visa is here illegally — and hence is an “illegal” immigrant.

A significance of the cited “40 percent of the ‘illegals’” is that the border fence would not have stopped them. On the other hand, they were theoretically subjected to some screening (though perhaps minor, depending on the type of visa). If the intent of the 40-percent reference is clarification, I would have suggested The Washington Times expand on that visa-screening statistic, perhaps with statistics on overstays by type of visa. But please don’t further abuse the politically correct quotation marks around the word illegals in the national debate already in progress.



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