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How terrorists tricked INS

How terrorists tricked INS

Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: May 23, 2002

At least half of the 48 Muslim radicals linked to terrorist plots in the USA since 1993 manipulated or violated immigration laws to enter this country and then stay here, an analysis by the US Center for Immigration Studies says.

The terrorists used tourist, student and business visas, requests for amnesty and asylum, sham marriages and lies to trick Immigration and Naturalisation Service officials into allowing them to stay in the USA, according to the report. Even when the terrorists did little to hide violations of visa requirements or other laws, INS officials failed to enforce the laws or to deport the offenders.

"Every aspect of the US immigration system has been penetrated by terrorists, so our response must be equally broad," says Steven Camarota, director of research for the center.

The study found that at the time they committed their crimes, 12 of the 48 were illegal immigrants. At least five others had lived in the USA illegally, and four others had committed significant immigration violations. Others were here legally but should have been rejected for visas because they fit US immigration laws' profile of people who are likely to overstay their visas, the report says.

It says INS officials should not have issued tourist visas to many of the September 11 hijackers because, as young, unmarried, generally low-income men without significant ties to their home nations, they fit the profile of "intending immigrants." That means they were considered likely to seek permanent immigration.

USA Today

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