INS commissioner opposes splitting the agency

Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Commissioner James W. Ziglar on Tuesday said he won't split the agency into two separate organizations, as widely proposed, but said that he hopes to begin restructuring the INS this fall to improve services for immigrants. According to the Associated Press and the Washington Post, Ziglar told reporters that he wants to divide the agency into separate service and enforcement arms, but that he would stop short of splitting the agency in two altogether.

The INS is legally bound to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States, and at the same time help legal immigrants become citizens and get other benefits. In Congress and elsewhere, there have been suggestions that such opposing missions should not be housed under the same roof, especially since the agency faces an unprecedented level of illegal immigration and a record backlog of citizenship applications. The INS overall backlog on processing applications for immigrants has increased nearly fourfold to about 3.9 million since 1994, according to a report issued in June by the General Accounting Office. Proposals to split the INS into two agencies or to siphon its duties to other federal agencies have been around for years. In April, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, introduced a bill (H.R. 1562) that would create an associate attorney general position for immigration affairs within the Justice Department. The proposed legislation would also create a bureau of immigration services and a separate bureau for enforcement. President Bush proposed splitting the INS into two agencies during the 2000 presidential campaign. But Ziglar said he is committed to reshaping the agency without legislation. Ziglar said some federal employees might be relocated under his planned reforms, but said he did anticipate any layoffs. Rep. George Gekas, R-Pa., chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, plans to hold hearings this fall on INS reform.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

    Download
  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

    Download
  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

    Download
  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

    Download
  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.