America's Immigration System Analytical Essay by Ella Bradford

America's Immigration System
Analyzes the debate over the reorganization of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
# 109765 | 1,505 words | 8 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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This paper explains that the Homeland Security Act of 2002 separated the duties of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) into three new government agencies: the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The author assesses if the creation of these agencies have successfully overcome the problems plagued by their ineffective predecessor, the INS. The paper concludes that there are problems at the USCIS, ICE, and CBP; however, they have been able to deliver certain accomplishments. The paper also concludes that proper government reform could optimize the immigration and naturalization service and improve the image of the U.S.

Table of Contents:
In Support of Abolition of the INS
The Abolition of the INS: Bad for the Nation
An Assessment of the Arguments
Conclusion and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Critics also dispute the government's reasons for its placement of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service under the Department of Homeland Security, instead of a more fitting government agency. While USCIS sibling agencies tasks serve the anti-terrorism operation of the DHS; USCIS defeats its purpose by aiding immigrants in entering the country. DHS is able to gain access to information regarding immigrants living in the country through USCIS. In order for the USCIS to produce results the organization requires the willingness of clients releasing personal information."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Camarota, S., Knocke, R., Bonner, T. J., Zeller, S., & Neuerburg, B. (Speaker). (2004). INS, RIP: One Year Later.[Camarota 'et al. Discussion Transcript]. Washington, DC: National Press Club.
  • Dinan, S. (2006, Sept. 16). Immigration reduces big backlog; Will meet six-month goal in October, official says. The Washington Times. p. A01-A01.
  • Donovan, T. (2005). The American Immigration System: A Structural Change with a Different Emphasis. International Journal of Refugee Law, 17(3), 574-592.
  • DORIS MEISSNER: THE STATUS AND FUTURE OF THE INS.(Immigration andNaturalization Service)(Statistical Data Included)(Interview). (Sept 2000) In MigrationWorld Magazine, 28, p36. Retrieved December 10, 2006, from Expanded AcademicASAP via Thomson Gale:
  • Lee, C. (2005, Sept. 29). Mixed Reviews of Chief of Customs and Border Protection. The Washington Post. p. A21-A21.

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