U.S.: INDUSTRY/GOVERNMENT GROUP WANTS TO STOP INS ENTRY-EXIT CONTROLS
A group of industry and state and local government officials have
asked President Clinton’s support to stop the implementation of the Immigration and
Naturalization Service’s proposed entry-exit control system.
Section 110 of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act requires INS to establish an automated system to control the arrival
and departure of every foreign visitor to the United States.
The 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act delayed implementation of the system from
Sept. 30, 1998 to no later than March 30, 2001.
The Americans for Better Borders called the system "unworkable" and
that Section 110 should be repealed in a recent letter to the President. The letter was
prepared by Peter Iovino, co-chairman at Ford Motor Co., and Randel Johnson, co-chairman
for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
"The implementation of Section 110 at land ports of entry would cause
massive traffic congestion along our borders, bringing personal and business travel at
many border points to a halt, and adversely affecting trade and tourism," the group
The INS recently ran a test for the Americans for Better Borders in
Georgia, using radio frequency technology.
"From this presentation, it was clear that the INS does not have the
capability to implement an entry-exit control system," the group said.