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[Congressional Record: April 25, 2002 (House)]
[Page H1624-H1625]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr25ap02-32]                         



 
                               INS REFORM

  (Mr. SULLIVAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. SULLIVAN. Mr. Speaker, I would like to voice my support for the 
immigration reform bill before the House this week. I commend the 
Committee on the Judiciary and the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. 
Sensenbrenner), the chairman of that committee, and the House 
Republican leadership for this legislation, the Immigration Reform and 
Accountability Act.
  It is absolutely critical that we completely restructure the INS, one 
of the most inefficient government agencies. The continual ineptitude 
was only brought to the public knowledge by the events of September 11. 
I believe the final straw was March 11 when two of the terrorist 
hijackers received paperwork showing that their student visas had been 
approved. These visa approvals came well after the two would-be 
hijackers had completed their training course.

[[Page H1625]]

  While this shocked many, this level of ineptitude has gone on for 
years in the INS. INS blames the delays on antiquated, inaccurate and 
untimely and inefficient paper-based processing systems, while I 
believe the problem lies with the antiquated, inaccurate and untimely 
INS. The management structure, the authority structure, the technology 
all need a comprehensive overhaul, which is exactly what is before us 
with the Immigration Reform and Accountability Act.
  Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this measure.

                          ____________________



[Congressional Record: April 25, 2002 (House)]
[Page H1622]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr25ap02-15]                         



 
H.R. 3231, BARBARA JORDAN IMMIGRATION REFORM AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 
                                  2002

  (Mr. FOLEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. FOLEY. Mr. Speaker, about 30 days ago, the INS sent a notice to a 
flight school that Mohammed Atta could continue training on an 
aircraft. It was a big blunder, a colossal mistake, and the President 
described the following day that he was very mad.
  Thirty days later, the President and this Congress have worked on a 
bill to restructure the INS. It is coming to the floor today, and I 
want to commend the President, the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. 
Sensenbrenner), the chairman, and all who have worked to bring this 
important bill to the floor today.
  We need to bring some credibility to this agency. We need to be fair 
on immigration. We need to be just. We need to operate with respect, 
but we also have to enforce the laws of the land.
  Strengthening our borders, strengthening the integrity of the system, 
finding those who have slipped through the cracks and have ill intent 
in this country, that should be our priority; not focusing on 
hardworking people that are here legitimately, but finding those who 
wrought terror on us on September 11 and seek to continue to undermine 
the country.
  This is a good bill. I urge its adoption.

                          ____________________



[Congressional Record: April 25, 2002 (House)]
[Page H1622]
From the Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:cr25ap02-19]                         



 
                                  INS

  (Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas asked and was given permission to address 
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. Mr. Speaker, over the past 8 months, the 
American people have heard horror stories about the inefficiencies and 
inadequacies of the INS. I am afraid we have only seen the tip of the 
iceberg. Something has to be done, and it needs to be done now.
  First and foremost, we must remember that immigration to America is 
not a right, it is a privilege. We must ensure that our government is 
doing everything it can to make the system run more efficiently and 
protect our people. We can no longer allow people who respect our laws 
to fall to the back of the line while those who neglect laws fall 
through the cracks.
  The INS is one bureaucratic blunder after the next, and I fear what 
that means for the American people. We must be fair, and laws must be 
followed.
  In short, when it comes to the INS, those who follow the law should 
be rewarded; those who break the law should be deported.




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