Sunday, April 28, 2002

post immigration and naturalization service
What shape will the agency once known as the INS take? It appears that it might become two agencies, from the description on Delaware Congressman Mike Castle's website. Castle was one of the co-sponsors of the bill that calls for restructuring of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The bill passed in the House, and is now being reviewed in the Senate.

One agency would be responsible for patrolling borders. Another would be responsible for handling immigration services. I guess the hope is that by narrowing the mandate of each agency, they would be more effective at meeting the standards imposed upon them. These statistics aren't encouraging:
The INS has long backlogs of visa and other petitions -- 4.9 million petitions were pending before the INS at the end of September 2001 –– a seven-fold increase since 1993. 250,000 illegal aliens have been ordered deported yet are now missing and cannot be found by the INS.
The reorganization of the agencies better get finished soon. It appears that there's a lot of work that needs to be done.

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