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Editor's Comments of the Day
The GAO report entitled
“Alien Smuggling-Management and Operational Improvements Needed to Address Growing Problem”
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to read this pdf file] finds that the INS efforts to curtail alien smuggling have been impeded by
a lack of program coordination, absence of an automated case-tracking and management system and limited performance
measures, and furthermore the “INS intelligence program has been impeded by a lack of understanding among field staff
on how to report intelligence information, a lack of staff to perform intelligence functions at most INS district
offices, and an inefficient and cumbersome process of organizing data that does not allow for rapid retrieval and
analysis.” To increase the effectiveness of the INS efforts the report recommends that the INS Commissioner
“establish criteria for opening an anti-smuggling case to help ensure that INS’ anti-smuggling resources are
focused on the highest priority cases; establish a cost-effective case tracking system of alien smuggling
investigations that is automated, agency-wide, and readily available to investigative personnel and program
managers to facilitate the sharing of case information and prevent duplication of effort; establish performance
measures for anti-smuggling efforts and intelligence programs with which to gauge program effects; and require that
intelligence reports be prepared using a database format so the information can be systematically utilized.”
The portrait of confusion, waste of resources and lack of coordination could be applied to the INS as a whole.
There are many good people at the INS whose efforts are often hampered by the very agency whose mission they
are trying to perform. The recommended changes do not go far enough to introduce organization and accountability at
Congressional News of the Day
Smith Bill Ready for Markup
The full Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled Rep. Smith’s “Technology Worker Temporary Relief Act” for markup
on Tuesday May 9, 2000.
INS, DOS and DOL News of the Day
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General Accounting Office Report Criticizes INS
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In the fourth of a series of mandated reports the GAO assesses the INS efforts of anti-smuggling strategy, identifies
the factors impeding the INS from achieving its goals and provides recommendations to improve the effectiveness of
ILW.COM Featured Article of the Day
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Immigration-An Economic Asset
In this article from his “As I See It” column Gary Endelman, Esq., argues in favor of viewing immigration as an
economic opportunity rather than a political problem.
Immigration News of the Day
Testing for Immigrants
A report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies recommends that immigrants from countries
with a high incidence of tuberculosis be screened for the disease.
Prominent Muslim Scholar Denied Entry to the
A prominent Jordanian Muslim scholar said Friday he was denied entry to the United States this week and was
interrogated by U.S. immigration authorities.
ILW.COM News of the Day
Information on the I-864 Affidavit of Support
Information on the I-864 Affidavit of Support including the INS fact sheet on requirements and a checklist of documents.
Do you speak a language other than English? Looking for immigration information in your language? The attorney
database can be searched by language or you can check the foreign language page where offices which offer some of
the more widely spoken languages have been gathered.
ILW.COM Chat Transcripts & Discussions of the Day
Employment and Family Visas to the U.S
Alice Yardum-Hunter, Esq. provides information on fiancé visas, H-1Bs for graphic designers, the RIR process and
changing employers during the labor certification process.
Letters to the Editor
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