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Immigration Legislation and Issues in the 107th Congress

Congressional Research Service Report for Congress

…Top immigration issues before the 107th
Congress include the reorganization of the
Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS),
a part of the Department of Justice (DOJ);
admissions policy; and the eligibility of noncitizens
for public assistance. Also pending
are measures to enable unauthorized aliens to
become legal permanent residents (LPRs) and
to reform temporary guest worker programs.
On July 26, 2002, the House passed a bill
to create a new homeland security department
(H.R. 5005). Under the bill, INS’s enforcement
functions would be transferred to the
new department, while INS’s service functions
would remain in DOJ in a new bureau.
On July 25, the Senate Governmental Affairs
Committee agreed to the Lieberman amendment,
as a substitute to S. 2452, which would
transfer all of INS to a new homeland security
department under a directorate of immigration
affairs. The Administration has proposed
transferring all of INS to a new homeland
security department, but placing it under a
border and transportation security division…

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