APRIL 2003

• Immigration and Naturalization Service

• The New York City Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs and Language Services

• Citizenship NYC

• New York Immigration Hotline

• National Immigration Forum

• Genealogical Resources in the New York Metropolitan Area

• America Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation

• Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force

• Glossary

Local: General

• Archdiocese of New York Immigrant and Refugee Services

• Citizens Committee For New York City

• Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Local: Specific

• Asian Americans for Equality

• Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

• CARECEN-N.Y.

• Chinese Progressive Association

• Emerald Isle Immigration Center of New York

• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York

• National Association of Korean Americans

• National Coalition for Haitian Rights

 

 

The INS & Out of New Agency
From The New York Daily News
February 28, 2003

By Leslie Casimir

Say goodbye to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Say hello to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
Effective tomorrow, the 69-year-old INS will split into three agencies, all under the federal Homeland Security Department.

The department, formed after the 2001 terrorist attacks, has promised to toughen border security and enforce immigration laws. It also intends to improve service for the millions of immigrants seeking green cards, U.S. citizenship and status adjustments.

Pamphlets touting the name change were sent to local INS offices this week.

But Mark Thorn, the New York district spokesman, who will continue to represent the bureaus, said immigrants probably won't see any immediate difference. "Nothing is going to change - it's still amorphous," he said. "The services that are being offered on Friday, Feb. 28, are the same services that will be offered on Monday, March 3."

But immigration experts and lawyers fear the overhaul will mean a further slowdown in the immigration application process, which is notorious for delays.

Margie McHugh, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, said a slowdown in INS services began with the new special registration program for Muslim and Arab men.

"Now that the federal government's priorities are war and anti-terrorism activities, it seems that the processing of immigrant applications is in pretty much last place," she said.

Back to The Citizen Page

This website is brought to you by Citizens Union Foundation and is made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Independence Community Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York Times Foundation and visitors like you.