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Dear Editor:
The National Immigration Forum released the following press statement today.

As of March 1, 2003, we won't have the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to kick around anymore. That is the day that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially takes over the range of immigration issues that INS managed - or mismanaged - since the 1930s. Widely recognized as one of the least competent, least successful, and least efficient agencies in Washington, the demise of the INS presents a golden opportunity to improve the way the United States manages immigration and border security. However, whether this golden opportunity is realized or not remains in serious doubt. "We aren't shedding tears for the old INS, nor are we jumping for joy at what replaces it," said Angela Kelley, Deputy Director of the National Immigration Forum, a leading immigration advocacy organization in Washington. "The President got the agency that he wanted, now we have to see how well it works." As the transition and reorganization of the nation's immigration agency begins, Kelley's organization says the most important concerns relate to the Department of Homeland Security's structure, the impact on services, and security and the oversight role of Congress.

Click here for the rest of the release entitled Demise of INS, Will DHS Improve Things?

Douglas Rivlin
National Immigration Forum