INS Reform and Border Security Act of 1999, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration of the Committee on Immigration of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Sessions on S. 1563, a Bill to Establish the Immigration Affairs Agency Within the Department of Justice, and for Other Purposes, September 23, 1999 [open pdf - 335KB]
From the opening statement of Hon. Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator from Michigan: "I am going to make a brief, or maybe not so brief, opening statement here today and will turn to Senator Feinstein, and if Senator Kennedy or any of the other members are here and wish to make opening statements, we will have an opportunity before we start the panels and then sort of play it by ear a little bit once we do. Today, our subcommittee is here to examine the INS Reform and Border Security Act, a bill which I introduced just before the end of the session in August along with Senators Kennedy and Hagel. There is widespread agreement today, I think, that there are serious problems as to how the Immigration and Naturalization Service handles its service and enforcement functions. We understand that no structure is going to result in perfect enforcement or perfect service. However, the current problems are too large to ignore and I believe that fundamental structural changes should be made. It should not be the case, whether it is in Michigan or Mississippi or Texas, that individuals who are arrested for flouting our laws are let go because of a lack of adequate detention space or because of a breakdown in detention policy." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Spencer Abraham, Dianne Feinstein, Doris Meissner, Paul M. Berg, T. J. Bonner, Richard J. Gallo, Warren R. Leiden.
S. Hrg. 106-813; Senate Hearing 106-813; Serial No. J-106-51
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