A recent 2016 report from the Department of Homeland Security shows that Canadians are more than out-pacing Mexicans as those most likely to overstay their visa. As Quartz reported, in 2016, 630,000 total visitors to the United States failed to return to their home country when their visas had expired, a number well above the 415,000 people caught crossing the Mexico-U.S. border.
The total number of Canadians overstaying their visa, the report showed, was 120,000, while those from Mexico numbered at 47,000.
Quartz reports that these statistics can be prone to error. A large number of those that overstay their visa end up returning home shortly after it has expired. The survey also only accounts for those who travel by plane or boat, leaving those who travel by car, or other means, off the report.
To get the whole story, check out the piece from Quartz.
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega has died. He was 83. Noriega had been in a Panama City hospital since May 7th, where he had undergone surgery to remove a brain tumor. After the surgery, Noriega remained in a medically induced coma, Reuters reported.
Noriega rose to power in Panama in 1983, when he took control of the country’s military.
Noriega became the country’s leader after serving under General Omar Torrijos, who took control of Panama in a 1968 military coup. Gen. Torrijos died in a plane crash in 1981, leaving the power vacuum that Noriega would eventually fill.
Despite Noriega’s erratic behavior, the United States kept him as an ally because of Panama’s strategic location in Latin America.
Noriega proved to be an ally of the United States — as a CIA informant, he often provided useful intel to authorities. However, as the New York Times reported, Noriega was known to sell information to political adversaries of the United States, including Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Outside of political relations, Noriega was known for his brash display of power, often giving impassioned speeches while brandishing a machete, or throwing “cocaine-fueled” parties.
In 1989, Noriega was indicted by the United States and President George H.W. Bush invaded Panama, sending in 20,000 troops in what was called, “Operation Just Cause.”
As U.S. troops filled the country, Noriega took refuge in the Panama City Vatican embassy. He remained there for 10 days, while the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assaulted the embassy with loud music (listen to the playlist here), The BBC reported.
Noriega finally surrendered to the DEA on January 3rd, 1990. His trial was held in 1991.
As the New York Times reported in 1992, Noriega was convicted of 8 counts of “drug trafficking, money laundering and racketeering.” For these crimes, Noriega, who was 58 years old at the time, was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
As news spread, Panama’s current president acknowledged the death of the country’s former leader.
Muerte de Manuel A. Noriega cierra un capítulo de nuestra historia; sus hijas y sus familiares merecen un sepelio en paz.