The mandate given to this federal bureau was to establish immigration services, policies, and priorities that preserve the United States as a nation of immigrants by ensuring that no one is admitted into the country who may threaten public safety.
The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was created as part of the Department of Justice in 1891. It was transferred to the Department of Labor in 1940. As a result of the tragic terrorist events and aftermath associated with September 11, 2001, President
Priorities of the USCIS include the promotion of national security, elimination of immigration case backlogs, and improvement of customer services. It supervises lawful permanent residency, citizenship, employment authorization, intercountry
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS Issues Citizenship and Naturalization Facts. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2006. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Office of Citizenship. The Citizen’s Almanac: Fundamental Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 2007.
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Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
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