Deporting The INS

Granting visas for terrorists after 9/11 could be the last gaffe for the Immigration Service

The papers from the Immigration and Naturalization Service arrived in the morning mail at Huffman Aviation International like notices for long-overdue library books. The forms in the envelope that Huffman president Rudi Dekkers opened Monday, March 11, announced that Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi were cleared for takeoff, their M-1 student visas approved for flying lessons--six months to the day after the two terrorists steered hijacked jetliners into oblivion and mass carnage at the World Trade Center towers.

In the bizarre bureaucracy of the INS, the system had functioned precisely as it was designed to, which is why the INS is...

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