From Volume 79, Number 5 (July 2006)
As a nation built by immigrants, the United States has historically maintained a generally pro-immigration policy. For many Americans, however, the current immigration system appears broken. Proponents of tighter immigration controls often point to the fact that two of the terrorists involved in the attacks on September 11, 2001 received approval of their immigration applications six months after the attacks took place. This oversight proved especially embarrassing to the then Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”), evidencing the ease with which a terrorist could enter the United States. With terrorism currently the chief policy concern of the United States, immigration issues play an increasingly important role on the American national security agenda.