AILA Doc No. 03022550 | Dated February 25, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Judith Golub
February 25, 2003
Goodbye to the INS, Hello to the Department of Homeland Security A Statement from the American Immigration Lawyers Association Association
On March 1, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will cease to exist, and the Department of Homeland Security will be put in charge of our immigration functions. AILA offers our expertise on immigration law and policy to help make the new department work. To this end, we have raised the following concerns for the Department’s consideration as it organizes our nation’s immigration functions within the new agency.
While many, including AILA, have been strongly critical of the INS’ performance in a number of areas, it is both unfair and inaccurate to point fingers at the INS alone. Congress and the Administration need to step up to the plate and take responsibility for how the INS functioned. Both also need to learn from the past. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security cannot succeed in its mission if it is confronted with similar conflicting, unfunded, underfunded and complicated mandates.
The largest reorganization of our government in decades will demand the hard work of many people. In carrying out this work, we must balance our national security goals with laws and policies that welcome newcomers and recognize the strong and vital connections between the United States and the rest of the world.
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Founded in 1946, AILA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides its Members with continuing legal education, information, and professional services. AILA advocates before Congress and the Administration and provides liaison with the INS and other government agencies. AILA is an Affiliated Organization of the American Bar Association.
American Immigration Lawyers Association 918 F Street NW,
Washington, DC, 20004-1400 Phone (202) 216-2400; Fax (202) 783-7853
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 03022550.