Bush signs border security bill

| 5/15/2002

President Bush signed legislation May 14 to hire more investigators and invest in new technologies to keep tabs on foreign visitors, AP reported.

``We must know who's coming into our country and why they're coming,'' Bush said. ``We must know what our visitors are doing, and when they leave.''

Known as the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, the bill adds 200 new investigators and 200 inspectors for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It requires foreign visitors to carry passports and visas that are tamper-resistant, and also gives border patrol agents a pay increase.

Under the legislation, the INS is required to establish a foreign-student tracking system that records where they've been accepted into school, when their student visas were issued and when they enrolled.

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