The Resource Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants

Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants

Label
Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants
Title
Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Following the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, Congress amended the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to establish the new "S" nonimmigrant visa category for alien witnesses and informants as part of the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994. Nonimmigrants are admitted for a specific purpose and a temporary period of time. Nonimmigrants -- such as B-2 tourists, F-1 foreign students, A-1 diplomats, H-2A temporary agricultural workers, J-1 exchange visitors, or L intracompany business personnel -- are typically referred to by the letter denoting the subsection of the INA that provides the authority for their admission; hence "S visas" is the abbreviated reference to 101(a)(15)(S) of the INA. In response to the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Congress passed legislation making permanent a provision that allows aliens with critical information on criminal or terrorist organizations to come into the United States to provide information to law enforcement officials. This legislation (S. 1424) became P.L. 107-45 on October 1, 2001. The law amends the INA to provide permanent authority for the administration of the "S" visa, which was scheduled to expire on September 13, 2001. On November 29, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the "Responsible Cooperators Program" to reach out to persons who may be eligible for the S visa. Up to 200 criminal informants and 50 terrorist informants may be admitted annually. Since FY 1995, almost 900 informants and their accompanying family members have entered on S visas. The report includes a table showing the numbers of informants and family members admitted into the United States each year from FY 1995 through FY 2004. This report will not be regularly updated
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DTICE
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http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Ester, Karma
  • LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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  • Terrorists
  • Information transfer
  • Cooperation
  • Crimes
  • Legislation
  • Congress
  • Information warfare
  • Family members
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal investigations
  • Terrorism
  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
Label
Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants
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Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
6 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
  • Hein Online
  • Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)74287584
  • (OCoLC)ocm74287584
Label
Immigration: S Visas for Criminal and Terrorist Informants
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
6 pages
Form of item
online
Governing access note
APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
  • Hein Online
  • Hein Online
System control number
  • (OCoLC)74287584
  • (OCoLC)ocm74287584

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