[Congressional Record: September 13, 2001 (Senate)]
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AMENDING THE IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT
Mr. REID. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate
proceed to the immediate consideration of S. 1424, introduced earlier
today by Senator Kennedy.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the bill by title.
The legislative clerk read as follows:
A bill (S. 1424) to amend the Immigration and Nationality
Act to provide permanent authority for the admission of ``S''
There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to the consideration
of the bill.
Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, in this time of tragedy, there are a few
things Congress can do to provide immediate assistance. Passage of this
legislation is one of them.
This bill restores the `S' visa, which Congress created as part of
the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act. The visa allows foreign nationals
with critical information about criminal cases, especially events of
terrorism, to remain in the United States legally for the purpose of
cooperating with law enforcement. An application for the visa must be
made by a Federal, State, or local law enforcement agency or by a
The provision authorizing the `S' visa expired yesterday, so without
this legislation law enforcement will be unable to take advantage of
it. The State and Justice Departments have requested that we
reinstitute the `S' visa. I urge the Senate to grant this request and
to give law enforcement the support it needs in this area.
This is a limited program, but it serves an important purpose. The
number of `S' visas granted in a year is limited to 200 for those
providing information about crimes and an additional 50 specifically
devoted to those who can provide information about terrorism.
Our law enforcement officials face a terrible responsibility in
seeking out the perpetrators of these evil acts. I am pleased to
cosponsor this legislation, and hope that it helps in this search.
Mr. REID. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the bill be
read a third time and passed, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the
table, and that any statements relating to the bill be printed in the
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
The bill (S. 1424) was read the third time and passed.
(The text of S. 1424 is printed in today's Record under ``Statements
on Introduced Bills and Joint Resolutions.'')
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