INS to Inspect More Travelers This Summer


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. Louis.

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.

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