Border security bill passes

| 4/19/2002

By a 97-0 vote, the Senate April 18 passed a bill to improve immigration enforcement laws and to restrict the admission of visitors from countries that support terrorism.

The bill increases the number of immigration inspectors and investigators, requires universities to keep better track of foreign students and heightens scrutiny of visa applications from foreign countries listed as sponsors of terrorism.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service says the bill would cost $1.2 billion the first year and $3.2 billion over three years. Congress must still pass separate legislation to fund the program.