WASHINGTON -- The Immigration and Naturalization Service said it
will conduct a second inspection of from one to five inbound
international travelers, selected at random every day at each of 10
major airports and 10 land ports of entry. The project, expected to
last 30 days, was announced on June 30 and started on July 1.
The purpose is to assess how well the initial INS inspections
detect aliens trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
The second inspection of randomly selected travelers includes "a
detailed review" of documents and personal items, according to the
INS. The INS said it expects U.S. citizens "will be detained for no
more than three to five minutes on average."
The airports are New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas,
Washington Dulles, Detroit, San Juan, Seattle, Phoenix and St.
The land ports of entry are Detroit; Calais, Maine; San Ysidro,
Calif; San Luis, Ariz.; El Paso, Brownsville, Progreso and Del Rio,
Texas; Pacific Highway, Wash., and Columbus, N.M.