Immigration and Naturalization Service: Restructuring Proposals in the 107th Congress

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Summary The events of September 11 brought the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to the forefront of the nation’s attention. Although all 19 hijackers entered the country legally, three overstayed their visas. And, on March 11, 2002, INS sent student visa notifications for two of the (now deceased) 19 hijackers to the aviation school they attended, provoking an intensification of long-standing criticism of INS for weak management controls, among other things. An underlying theme of criticism concerns what many believe are overlapping and unclear chains of command with respect to INS’s service and enforcement functions. There appears to be a … continued below

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Seghetti, Lisa M. May 1, 2002.

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  • Main Title: Immigration and Naturalization Service: Restructuring Proposals in the 107th Congress
  • Series Title: 107th Congress

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The events of September 11 brought the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS) to the forefront of the nation’s attention. Although all 19 hijackers entered the
country legally, three overstayed their visas. And, on March 11, 2002, INS sent
student visa notifications for two of the (now deceased) 19 hijackers to the aviation
school they attended, provoking an intensification of long-standing criticism of INS
for weak management controls, among other things. An underlying theme of
criticism concerns what many believe are overlapping and unclear chains of
command with respect to INS’s service and enforcement functions. There appears
to be a consensus among the Administration, Congress, and commentators that the
immigration system, primarily INS, is in need of restructuring. There also appears
to be a consensus among interested parties that INS’s two main functions — service
and enforcement — need to be separated. There has not been a consensus, however,
with regard to how the restructuring should take place.

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  • May 1, 2002

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Seghetti, Lisa M. Immigration and Naturalization Service: Restructuring Proposals in the 107th Congress, report, May 1, 2002; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs2775/: accessed August 3, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.

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