US agents can’t effectively track visa holders, report says

FILE - This Jan. 3, 1961 file photo shows Cubans lining up outside the U.S. embassy in hopes of getting visas after President Fidel Castro ordered the embassy to reduce its staff within 48 hours in Havana, Cuba. After the diplomatic break in 1961, Washington was without a presence in Cuba until 1977, when the interests sections were opened under President Jimmy Carter. The U.S. and Cuba announced on Dec. 17, 2014 they are re-establishing full diplomatic relations. (AP Photo, File)

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A government report says U.S. immigration agents cannot effectively track foreigners who overstay their visas because of inefficient computer systems and a lack of exit screening.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General said Thursday that immigration agents and analysts need better and more integrated computer systems to check visitors’ immigration status and training on how to use them.

The report also says the U.S. has been slow to roll out a system to screen foreign visitors when they leave the U.S.

A pilot program is underway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The report says more than 500,000 people overstayed their visas during a one-year period ending in September 2015.

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