June 17, 2006


Immigration Drowning In Paper (KEITH EPSTEIN, Jun 17, 2006, The Tampa Tribune)

They are called the Alien Files - or simply, the "A-Files."

There are 55 million of them, each up to hundreds of pages thick, stashed in a government warehouse in Missouri.

Though they detail no science-fiction secrets of UFO landings or beings from distant planets, they can prove an irritating mystery to those who need them most - immigration officers deciding who can stay in the United States.

The "aliens" are people from other countries seeking work permits, residency or citizenship. The records contain their applications, photos and fingerprints.

Each time an immigration officer weighs an outsider's destiny, the file must be found and shipped back and forth between 89 field offices and the warehouse.

There is so much paper, such an outmoded tracking system and so many newcomers waiting for word that just keeping up has proved impossible for immigration authorities, years of government reports show - a troubling sign as Washington weighs legitimizing millions of illegal immigrants.

Import enough Indians and spend enough money and you can reduce the backlog.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2006 10:10 AM

How will INS officers get their spending cash if you reform the system?

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at June 17, 2006 10:29 AM

Substitute INS with IRS and . . .

Posted by: obc at June 17, 2006 10:51 AM

To solve this problem, we should develop a crash R&D program to invent some new technologies:
- A "scanner" that would convert these paper files to electronic copies.
- An "internet" that would allow electronic copies to be shared between offices.
- A "computer" to display the electronic copies and allow editing.

I believe that for no more than $10 billion a year for 10 years, these technologies could be developed. Rollout, of course, might take a bit longer.

Posted by: pj at June 17, 2006 11:06 AM

"Import enough Indians..."

You make them sound like sub-human commodities to be herded like sheep.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 17, 2006 12:02 PM

Exactly. We're all just His sheep.

Posted by: oj at June 17, 2006 12:15 PM

We're His to herd, not yours.

Posted by: Bryan at June 17, 2006 12:53 PM

Yes, we mayn't stop them and remain true to Him.

Posted by: oj at June 17, 2006 1:05 PM