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Postal Service, private carriers get mixed reviews on safety

August 12, 2002 Bill Lewis, president of the American Postal Workers Union local in Trenton, N.J., doesn't hesitate when asked whether he feels safer today than during last fall's anthrax attacks. If someone were to send an anthrax-tainted letter through the mail today, Lewis says, "we would have some dead people." Last fall,...

On Edge

August 1, 2002 The latest of many plans to fix the Immigration and Naturalization Service-putting it into the Homeland Security Department-has left the agency reeling. sked about President Bush's proposal to create a new Homeland Security Department, a longtime employee of the Immigration and Naturalization Service feels confident speaking for agency veterans: "We'll...

Victims of pre-Sept. 11 attacks may get access to compensation fund

July 8, 2002 Spurred by the lobbying of grieving families, the Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to expand the Sept. 11 Compensation Fund to include victims of other terrorist acts committed against Americans. The move, which could come as early as this week, would designate substantial payments to families of those killed in...

The Welfare Wars

July 1, 2002 It's role-reversal time as conservatives argue for expanding the federal role in the welfare system while liberals warn of placing an undue burden on states. he 1996 reform of the nation's welfare system was a grand success. That, without a doubt, is the popular perception. And there's data to back...

Oklahoma City bombing victims' relatives seek compensation

June 14, 2002 Through their lobbying group, Fairness for OKC, about 150 survivors and relatives of victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City are pressing Congress to compensate them from the same federal fund that has been paying families of the victims of the Sept....

Mixed Mission

May 15, 2002 America's ambivalence about immigrants keeps the Immigration and Naturalization Service off balance and dooms efforts to improve its management. n the days following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Zogby International polling firm asked Americans whether the government "is doing enough to control the border and to screen people allowed...

Morality Play

March 1, 2002 Administration for Children and Families chief Wade Horn is campaigning to add marriage counseling to welfare programs. But state administrators are balking. en Kaz likes marriage as much as the next guy. He thinks "two-parent households are a great idea" and laments today's 50 percent divorce rates. He'll even acknowledge...

Inside Job

December 1, 2001 Even after Sept. 11, the Immigration and Naturalization Service lacks the support it needs to track down 7.5 million foreigners living in the United States without valid visas. year ago, The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Ore., ran a six-part series eviscerating the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The series, which was...

INS unions lobby to keep their rights under proposed agency

October 5, 2001 The National Border Patrol Council and the National Immigration and Naturalization Service Council, the two largest unions at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, have both launched lobbying campaigns to ensure that INS employees retain the right to unionize even if they are placed under the rubric of a proposed homeland...

Nation's borders still aren't secure, agents say

October 4, 2001 Top officials of a labor union that represents Border Patrol agents said this week that the agents did not have an emergency response plan when terrorists struck New York and Washington on Sept. 11, and that even now-more than three weeks after the attacks-the country's borders are not secure. In...