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Dear Editor:
The Migration Policy Institute issued the following press release.

The September 11 attacks demanded a powerful response, but blanket measures such as roundups and arrests, intimidating interviews, lengthy detention, and special registration requirements are blunt tools: despite their use, many of the September 11 terrorists would probably be admitted to the United States today since most had no previous criminal, terrorist, or immigration records. The government's successes in apprehending terrorists have come not from immigration initiatives but from international intelligence breakthroughs, law enforcement cooperation, information gleaned from arrests made abroad, and interagency information-sharing. Intelligence and immigration policy have to work together to be effective in combating terrorism. These are among the conclusions of a wide-ranging review of post-September 11 immigration measures described in "America's Challenge: Domestic Security, Civil Liberties and National Unity After September 11." The report, released today by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), involved 18 months of research. It is the most comprehensive compilation and analysis yet of the individuals detained in the wake of September 11, their experiences, and the government's post-September 11 immigration measures.

Amy Mehringer
Migration Policy Institute



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