ISIS fighters could be hiding in plain sight on American college campuses. Florida Representative Gus Bilirakis said that government security officials are worried about Islamic State fighters posing as foreign students in the United States.
A total of 58,000 foreign students have overstayed their visas, and more than 6,000 of the individuals cannot be located, according to the Florida Republican.
“These gaps in the student visa system pose serious security threats to the United States and exploit the laws that allow for legitimate academic and cultural visitors, which I support,” Representative Gus Bilirakis said.
Approximately 4,000 ISIS fighters, with about 300 of the militants stemming from the United States, are of college age. Bilirakis is concerned that some of the Islamic State jihadists could also be among those missing 6,000 foreign students. The lawmaker also maintains that the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency which holds jurisdiction over visas and immigration, has not been diligent in looking for and deporting the college students with expired visas.
“The threat is real. Some of the terrorists responsible for the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center entered the country through the student visa program,” Bilirakis added.