Congress looks to plan to dismantle INS

| 4/11/2002

U.S. House Judiciary Committee members this week are set to move forward with a plan to split the Immigration and Naturalization Service in two, with one arm handling enforcement and the other administrative functions.

An associate attorney general, appointed by the president, would oversee the two new agencies, which would remain in the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, the INS this week also announced rules changes that govern foreign visitors. One new regulation would limit foreign visitors to 30-day stays in the United States. Another requires foreign nationals who want to study here to obtain student visas before beginning classes.