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[Congressional Record: March 1, 2001 (Senate)]
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STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS
By Mr. FRIST (for himself and Mr. Thompson):
S. 439. A bill to authorize the establishment of a suboffice of the
Immigration and Naturalization Service in Nashville, Tennessee; to the
Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. FRIST. Mr. President, today, I introduce the Nashville INS Sub-
office Act along with Senator Thompson. This bill addresses important
immigration issues facing Tennessee by authorizing funds for a much
needed INS sub-office in Nashville.
The Mid-South region is experiencing exceptional population growth
from not only other parts of the nation, but also from a significant
number of foreign nationals looking to relocate. As a result of this
new influx in population, the existing Memphis INS office is
overstretched and facing an enormous backlog of cases. As the largest
metropolitan area in the state, it only makes sense to open another INS
office in Nashville.
The new office would be geographically positioned to better provide
the necessary services for individuals living in Middle and East
Tennessee. It would also help alleviate the excessive burden facing the
Memphis office by transferring a large portion of its workload. The new
Nashville sub-office would improve overall services and enables the INS
to better address illegal immigration concerns in our area.
I ask unanimous consent that the bill be printed in the Record.
There being no objection, the bill was ordered to be printed in the
Record, as follows:
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of
the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Nashville INS Suboffice
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) The Immigration and Naturalization Service field office
in Memphis, Tennessee, is designated as a suboffice within
the jurisdiction of the district office in New Orleans,
(2) Over the past 10 years, the foreign national population
has grown substantially in the jurisdictional area of the
(3) It is estimated that more than 200,000 foreign
nationals are residing in the jurisdictional area of the
(4) The Memphis suboffice has pending an equal or greater
number of cases, and receives as many new cases, as the New
Orleans district office.
(5) Approximately 46 percent of the total number of
permanent resident applications received by the Memphis
suboffice come from individuals residing in middle and
(6) In many instances, such individuals have to travel 3 to
6 hours each way to Memphis to receive service.
(7) Nashville is a logical location for a new Immigration
and Naturalization Service suboffice because its central
location will reduce such travel time and allow the
Immigration and Naturalization Service to provide better and
more efficient service to such individuals.
(8) As the largest metropolitan area in the State of
Tennessee, major routes from across the State flow into
Nashville and air transportation is readily available there.
(9) Establishment of a Nashville suboffice would make a
strong statement about the commitment of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service to gaining control over illegal
immigration and would facilitate legal immigration and
citizenship initiatives in central and eastern Tennessee.
(10) Congress has identified Nashville as a region
underserved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each
fiscal year to establish and operate an Immigration and
Naturalization Service suboffice in Nashville, Tennessee.
Such suboffice shall have jurisdiction over the following
counties in the State of Tennessee: Anderson, Bedford,
Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Cheatham,
Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb,
Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Grainger, Greene, Grundy,
Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Hickman,
Houston, Humphries, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox,
Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon, Macon, Marion, Marshall,
Maury, McMinn, Meigs, Moore, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan,
Overton, Perry, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane,
Robertson, Rutherford, Scott, Sevier, Sequatchie, Smith,
Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Trousdale, Unicoi, Union, Van
Buren, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson, and
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