All You Need to Know About the Defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

The Immigration and Naturalization Service was an agency under the United States Government founded in 1933 to deal with immigration matters in the United States. It was placed under the United States Department of Justice till 2003 when it was dissolved due to the controversy behind the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center from immigrants in the United States from the Middle East. They were then replaced with three federal entities which are the United States Customs and Border Protection, The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. The bodies are governed by the Department of Homeland Security in the United States.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service was solely in charge of the establishment and administration of immigration laws and policies to be able to ensure that quality immigrants gain access to the United States. They inspected foreigners that arrived through any point of entry to the United States and detected any illegal entry to the country. The Immigration and Naturalization Service also helps immigrants to obtain their green card and permanent residency in the United States.  These roles, however, have been given to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service since 2003 and they have carried out their duties effectively.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service was one of the go-to establishments when it comes to dealing with immigration matters. So far, they put in a lot of effort to ensure that they protect the immigrants and keep the illegal immigrants away from their borders. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement was one of the entities by which the INS was separated. They are in charge of guarding against any illegal entry of individuals and products in the United States. They are the Border Patrol Team which was merged with the INS previously.

The Second Entity is Customs and Border Protection. They are currently one of the largest federal agencies under the Department of Homeland Security. Their sole responsibility is to regulate foreign trade and deal with the collection of import duties. They are also in charge of enforcing the U.S Border regulations.



The INS was a very reputable agency in the United States of America. But after it was defunct, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service took over its responsibility to ensure that immigrants coming into the U.S have a sound background and are criminally free.


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