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CRS - Authority to Enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act: Legal Issues (July 13, 2003)

CRS - Authority to Enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act: Legal Issues (July 13, 2003)

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Congressional Research Service 
˜
The Library of Congress 
CRS Report for Congress
Received through the CRS Web
Order Code RL31997
Authority to Enforce the Immigration andNationality Act (INA) in the Wake of the HomelandSecurity Act
:
Legal Issues
July 16, 2003
Stephen R. ViñaLegislative AttorneyAmerican Law Division
 
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Authority to Enforce the Immigration and Nationality Act(INA) in the Wake of the Homeland Security Act:Legal Issues
Summary
For decades, the administrative authority to interpret, implement, enforce, andadjudicate immigration law within the U.S. layalmost exclusivelywith one officer:the Attorney General. The most general statement of this power was found in§103(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA), the statute thatcomprehensively regulates immigration law in the United States. With the transferof nearly all immigration functions to the Department of Homeland Security onMarch 1, 2003, however, §103(a)(1) of the INA has necessarily required variousmodificationstoclarifytherespectiveauthoritiesnewlyobtainedbytheSecretaryof Homeland Security and retained by the Attorney General. Accordingly, §103(a)(1)of the INA has been amended twice, and now places primary responsibility forenforcingandadministeringimmigrationlawintheUnitedStateswiththeSecretaryof Homeland Security.Section 103(a)(1) as amended, however, still apparently allows the AttorneyGeneral to retain a significant amount of authority to enforce, administer, andinterpret immigration law. The extent of the Attorney General’s authority hasbecome highly contentious in the wake of several events, including (1) theenforcementofimmigrationlawsbytheDOJ’sFederalBureauofInvestigationevenafterallimmigrationenforcementfunctionswereeffectivelyremovedfromtheDOJ,(2)DOJ’sissuanceofimmigration-relatedregulationsonFebruary28,2002,thedaybefore the abolishment of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and (3) theAttorney General’s ruling in
In re D-J-, Respondent 
. Considerable cooperationbetween the two Departments in addition to congressional measures to clarify theINA,suchastheHomelandSecurityTechnicalCorrectionsActof2003(H.R.1416),may be in order to resolve the complexities presented by the substantialtransformation. This report will be updated as warranted.
 
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Contents
The INA: Post-Homeland Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Section 103 of the INA,
as amende
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Shared Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5February 28, 2002, Regulations Promulgated by the DOJ . . . . . . . . . . . 7Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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