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Kenyans with expired US visas spared from Trump’s crackdown

Kenyans who have overstayed their visa in the United States are not among Africans who will be targeted in President Donald Trump’s latest order for a crackdown on visa overstays.

The White House has said it plans to crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors who have overstayed their US visas.

According to the US Today newspaper, the crackdown will target 12 per cent of immigrants who travel to the US on short-term visas but fail to leave upon expiry.

Based on President Trump’s guidelines, 21 countries whose 35,442 citizens overstayed their US visas in 2018 could face sanctions.


The 13 African countries targeted include Nigeria, Angola, Chad, Sudan, Burundi, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Liberia, Mauritania, Somalia, and South Sudan.

Nigeria is the most targeted because 29,004 of its citizens overstayed their visas in 2018.

On Monday, President Trump signed a memorandum directing the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit plans within four months to crackdown on visa overstays.

Such plans include punishing countries whose citizens have a high number of overstays and making it mandatory for foreign travelers to deposit “admission bonds” that would be refunded once they leave the US.


Such countries will be slapped with punishments such as limiting the number of visas granted to their citizens, limiting the time its citizens are allowed to travel to the US and demanding their citizens to provide more documents when traveling.

In 2017, a documentary written and produced by Kaba Mbugua shed light on some untold challenges Kenyans face as immigrants in the United States.

The film which was released in Raleigh, North Carolina, featured a number of Kenyans who candidly narrated their experiences in the US.

Official estimates put the number of Kenyans in the US at 130,000.

The figure is, however, disputed, with some claiming there are at least 300,000 Kenyan immigrants in the country. Many are in well-paying jobs or run successful enterprises while others are students.

Homeland Security data shows that 569,000 foreigners remained in the US in 2018 after their visas expired.