Immigration and Naturalization Services Interior Enforcement Strategy: Hearing before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, July 1, 1999   [open pdf - 444KB]

"Today's hearing focuses on the new 'Interior Enforcement Strategy' of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the INS. The Appropriations Committee, out of frustration, mandated that the INS develop a new strategy because increased funding for the INS had produced no visible results. What is the new strategy? It is a bright flashing sign that says to potential illegal aliens: 'come to the United States. Once you make it past the Border Patrol, you are home free.' The INS claims it will focus on criminals, alien smugglers, fraudulent document sellers, and employers who hire illegal aliens. But the smuggled aliens, the aliens who benefit from the fraud, and the illegal alien workers will suffer no consequences because of their own illegal actions. In effect, the INS has drafted a manual titled, 'How to Stay in the U.S. Illegally.' By all means, let's target criminal aliens and smugglers. However, if the smuggled alien is allowed to remain in the U.S., he or she will report back home to family and friends: 'come on in, the INS doesn't care.' this strategy provides no deterrent to illegal immigration. In fact, it does the opposite and encourages illegal immigration. This strategy raises many questions."

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