INS for OMB approval for clearance procedures

Washington- The Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has submitted an emergency information collection request (ICR) utilizing emergency review procedures, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.

The INS has determined that it cannot reasonably comply with the normal clearance procedures under this part because normal clearance procedures are reasonably likely to prevent or disrupt the collection of information. Therefore, OMB approval has been requested by November 21, 2001. If granted, the emergency approval is only valid for 180 days.

ALL comments and/or questions pertaining to this pending request for emergency approval must be directed to OMB.

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Ms. Karen Lee, Department of Justice Desk Officer, 725–17th Street, NW., Suite 10235, Washington, DC 20503.

Comments regarding the emergency submission of this information collection may also be submitted via facsimile to Ms. Lee at 202-395- 6974. Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until January 22, 2002. During 60-day regular review, all comments and suggestions, or questions regarding additional information, to include obtaining a copy of the information collection instrument with instructions, should be directed to :

Mr. Richard A. Sloan, 202-514-3291,
Director, Policy Directives and Instructions Branch,
Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S.
Department of Justice, Room 4034, 425 I Street, NW.,
Washington, DC 20536.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information should address one or more of the following four points:

1. Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

2. Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

3. Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected

4. Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Overview of this information collection:

1. Type of Information Collection: Approval of a new information collection.
2. Title of the Form/Collection: Application for T Nonimmigrant Status; Application for immediate family member of T-1 recipient.
3. Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Forms I-914, I-914 Supplement A, and I-914 Supplement B. Service Center Operations, Immigration and Naturalization Service.
4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary individuals and households. This application incorporates information pertinent to eligibility under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-386) and a request for employment. The information on all three parts of the form will be used by the Service to determine whether applicants meet the eligibility requirements for certain immigration benefits.
5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: 8,750 I-914 responses at 2.25 hours per response; 18,750 I-914 Supplement A responses at 1 hour per response; and 7,000 I-914 Supplement B responses at .50 hours per response.
6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: 41,938 annual burden hours.

If additional information required contact:
Mr. Robert B. Briggs,
Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice,
Information Management and Security Staff,
Justice Management Division,
601 D Street, NW., Patrick Henry Building, Suite 1600,
Washington, DC 20530.

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President Bush for Tightening Immigration Policies

President Bush for Tightening Immigration Policies

Washington – President Bush convened the first formal meeting of the full Homeland Security Council (HSC) and took another step in the fight against terrorism by issuing a Presidential Directive to improve immigration policies and practices and make it more difficult for terrorists to enter or remain in the United States.

ACTIONS TO TIGHTEN IMMIGRATION POLICIES

– Improving legal immigration remains a priority for the Bush Administration, but the Bush Administration is committed to ensuring that immigration policies and practices do not allow terrorists to enter or remain in the United States.

– To increase immigration safeguards and improve vital information sharing between federal agencies, President Bush issued a new Homeland Security Presidential Directive to help combat terrorism through more effective immigration policies and practices.

Among its key features, the Presidential Directive:

– Creates a Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force

The Attorney General will establish the Task Force by November 1. Experts from the State Department, FBI, INS, Secret Service, Customs Service and the intelligence community will serve on the Task Force.

The Task Force will coordinate Federal programs designed to:

(1) Deny entry into the U.S. of aliens associated with, suspected of being engaged in or supporting terrorist activity

(2) Locate, detain, prosecute, or deport any such aliens already present in the U.S.

– Orders a Thorough Review of Student Visa Policies: International students add greatly to the vitality and quality of our nation’s colleges, universities and other institutions of learning.

The Presidential Directive orders the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.
Working with the Secretary of Education, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy and the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

To institute tighter controls and ensure that student visas are being issued appropriately. A goal of the program is to prohibit the education and training of foreign nationals who would use their training to harm the United States and its Allies.

Better Coordinates Immigration and Customs Policies with Canada and Mexico:

Millions of people and billions of dollars of goods move legally between the United States, Canada and Mexico each year. The United States seeks to deny potential terrorists easy entry into the country from Canada or Mexico, while ensuring that legal travel and commerce continues with minimal border restrictions.

The Presidential Directive also:

– Directs the Attorney General and Secretary of the Treasury to enhance the investigative and intelligence analysis capabilities of the INS and the Customs Service, and to increase INS and Customs special agent personnel assigned to Joint Terrorism Task Forces

– Directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to work with the Attorney General and the Director of Central Intelligence to make recommendations on advanced technology that could be used to aid immigration enforcement

– Directs the Office of Management and Budget to work with the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury and the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security to develop a budgetary plan to support this effort

Anti-Terrorism Law sparks Attorneys Concern

Washington, D.C. : The new measures taken up by the President include several troubling provisions. The new law casts such a broad net that it will allow for the detention and deportation of people engaging in innocent associational activity and constitutionally protected speech, and permit the indefinite detention of immigrants and non-citizens who are not terrorists.

The Anti-Terrorism law proposals include:
Increased funding for the Department of State and the Immigration and Naturalization Service to help these agencies to enhance their technological capacities. The fundings need to come from direct Congressional appropriations, not from user fees.

The need for new technologies to achieve the most reliable means of verifying identity.

Improved access to lookout lists by U.S. federal agencies, as well as international law enforcement officials. To safeguards against potential abuse of this data that would limit the re-dissemination of such information, ensure the security and confidentiality of such information, protect privacy rights of individuals subject to such information, and establish procedures that determine who stays on and is removed from these lists.

Provision of accurate and timely intelligence information to U.S. consulates abroad that are our nation’s first line of defense. U.S. consulates have the necessary intelligence information and the technological capacity to use intelligence information. Need to upgrade the status of the consular officer who has the all-important job of assessing whether someone should be allowed to enter the U.S. This decision needs to be reviewable. In these times of heightened scrutiny, such review is vital to ensure the integrity of the system.

Expansion of U.S. pre-inspections programs to other airports to increase the likelihood of a more thorough check. Such pre-inspections would move the system from one that focuses on a person’s point-of-entry to one that focuses on their point of origin. Any pre-inspection system must make adequate provision for genuine refugees to seek asylum protection.

All airlines should transmit passenger lists to the destination airport to be checked against the lookout list.

Multilateral strategies should be pursued with Canada and Mexico to further enhance our security and to create a North American Perimeter Safety Zone.

Our nation must ensure adequate personnel and technological improvements at and between our ports of entry. Need to enhance data gathering at airports by mandating an entry/exit system that would collect and correlate data about arrivals and departures.

Bush For Tightening Visa Restrictions

Washington – (AP) President Bush moved to tighten restrictions on Foreign student visas as a part of an effort to bar the entry of immigrants who commit or support terrorism.

Bush was directing top aides to study the foreign student visa system and develop recommendations for tighter controls. Several of the 19 hijackers who crashed planes on Sept. 11 entered the United States legally with the kinds of visas routinely granted each year to thousands of foreign students.

Some lawmakers have called for tighter controls on U.S. visas in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and have proposed a six-month moratorium on new foreign student visas until a system for tracking them can be implemented. Bush was stopping short of that step an aide said.

Bush also planned to announce creation of a foreign terrorist tracking force that would coordinate efforts by government agencies to keep those with links to terror organizations out of the country, and locate, detain, prosecute or deport terror group associates who already live here, said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer.

Bush announced the task force during a meeting of his Domestic Security Council. Tom Ridge, director of Bush’s Office of Homeland Security, said Attorney General John Ashcroft will lead the task force and will look at all aspects of foreigners’ access to the United States. The task force will be to look at all options, all policies and procedures relating to access of non-citizens to this country. The session will be the first chaired by Bush since the council’s creation in the wake of Sept 11 attacks, Ridge said.

Fleischer refused to offer more details on the task force or say which agencies would work with it. But those involved, he said, will be directed by Bush to “work together to locate, detain, prosecute or deport any aliens who are already here who may be engaging in terrorism” said White House spokesman.