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Us Immigration Policy Before And After September 11

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America is home to a plethora of nationalities, cultures, religions and practices. The reason for this richness in different backgrounds is that since the day it was discovered by outsiders, the United States has always been open to immigrants. The Statue of Liberty, one of America’s greatest attractions, symbolizes America’s open arms to immigrants. So when America’s own symbol of freedom to immigrants stood in the waters and watched the catastrophe unravel the placidness of her surroundings by outsiders, it was a direct blow to not only the United States’ immigration policy, but also to the United States’ national security. On that unforgettable day, September 11, the United States, the world’s most richest and powerful nation, discovered the hard way that even money and power could not annihilate vulnerability. After September 11 Americans wanted to feel safe again in their own home so the United States restricted its immigration policy to help prevent terrorists from entering the country. The US government, however, kept economics in mind when altering the policy. The new immigration policy includes unfair procedures for certain countries. The result is a more restricted immigration policy, with major loopholes for countries that benefit the US economy.

The US immigration policy before September 11 was very lax, partly because the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) was under funded. Whenever immigrants were cited a deportation, INS could not follow up on many of these immigrants who usually remained in the country. Because it could not operate as if should due to lack of money, it is easier to understand that almost all of the alleged terrorists involved in the September 11 attacks obtained a US visa legally. Before September 11 the United States already had many loopholes in their immigration policy. Some examples of such loopholes are:

 “Standard criteria for issuing driver’s licenses and securing their integrity
have been proposed by the nation’s DMV administrators, but no legislative action
has been taken.”

 “Several states have taken steps to curtail issuance of driver’s licenses to
illegal or temporary residents, but others continue to maintain such policies
and in some cases have even begun intentionally issuing valid licenses to such

 “The Social Security Administration (SSA) has stopped issuing new numbers to
people who are not legal residents of the US but admits that hundreds of
thousands of valid numbers have been issued to illegal residents over the past
several years. No plans have been announced to rescind or invalidate these
Social Security Numbers.

 The Social Security Administration has begun systematically informing employers
when invalid numbers appear on their records.

 Acceptance of the Mexican Consular ID card as a valid identity...

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