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U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on the Judiciary
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., Chairman

News Advisory
For immediate release
Contact: Jeff Lungren/Terry Shawn

April 8, 2002

Judiciary Committee Hearing Tuesday on INS Restructuring

INS Commissioner Ziglar to Testify

What: Oversight Hearing, “Restructuring the INS - How the Agency’s Dysfunctional Structure Impedes the Performance of its Dual Mission”

Who: House Judiciary Committee - Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.), Chairman

When: 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Where: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will examine the current state of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and its long history of poor performance. Chronic backlogs (roughly five million pending applications) on the immigration services side are legendary; on the enforcement side, the INS estimates that there are at least 321,000 aliens ordered deported that still are in the U.S., with the INS unaware of the whereabouts of the vast majority of these people. Members will probe the agency’s problems and how best to improve the agency.

Wednesday the Committee will markup H.R. 3231, the bipartisan immigration restructuring legislation introduced by Chairman Sensenbrenner and Rep. George W. Gekas (R-Pa.). This legislation goes beyond the Administration’s restructuring plan by dismantling the INS into two separate agencies: one bureau would handle only enforcement of the immigration laws; the other would be solely responsible for citizenship and immigration services. By separating the bureaus, each bureau could focus exclusively on its mission, be it immigration enforcement or citizenship services.

Witnesses: James W. Ziglar, Commissioner, INS; Richard J. Gallo, President, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association; Susan Martin, Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration; and Lawrence Gonzalez, Washington Director, National Association of Latino and Appointed Officials Educational Fund.