Hard Look at INS after Terrorist Visa Snafu

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As President Bush was congratulating Congress for making it easier for some illegal immigrants to remain in this country, last week's granting of student visas to dead terrorists produced calls for a crackdown on the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Since then, the INS has explained that it's overburdened and understaffed. Yet the snafu also demonstrates the failure of a budget weighted more toward enforcement than adjudication, and the critical need for intelligence sharing. At a time of heightened concern about national security, we look at American ambivalence toward immigration with former Justice Department and INS officials, immigration policy analysts, and an immigration attorney.
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Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration Extension Bill HR 1885

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Federation for American Immigration Reform

Migration Policy Institute

National Security Agency

Patriot Act: HR 2975

US Justice Department

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Warren Olney