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WASHINGTON (MNS) — Legislation to enhance U.S. border security and tighten the visa process passed the Senate unanimously Thursday night.
‘‘The attacks on Sept. 11 clearly pointed out the shortcomings of our immigration and visa system,'' Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a news release. ‘‘The (Sept. 11) hijackers exploited the weaknesses in our immigration system to come here, to stay here, to study here and to kill here. This bill is a strong first step toward fixing that system.''
The bill would add 3,000 inspectors and investigators to the nation's northern and southern borders and would largely prohibit issuing student and tourist visas to those from countries determined by U.S. officials to sponsor international terrorism.
The bill would require schools to notify immigration authorities if a foreign student had not reported to school within 30 days of the beginning of the academic term and require immigration officials to closely monitor records.