By Philip G Schrag
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In each case, his name should have raised questions because of his previous ties to possible criminal activities. However, the officials who granted the visas were not foreign service officers, but Central Intelligence Agency employees holding second “cover” jobs as consular officers. 29 In 1990, the State Department discovered its error and revoked his visa, but he re-entered the United States, perhaps with a different visa, and applied for permanent residence. The INS granted that application, but it revoked his status in 1992 when it discovered that he never should have been allowed to enter the country.
29 In 1990, the State Department discovered its error and revoked his visa, but he re-entered the United States, perhaps with a different visa, and applied for permanent residence. The INS granted that application, but it revoked his status in 1992 when it discovered that he never should have been allowed to enter the country. 32 William Slattery, the New York INS district director who for years had been 40 A Well-Founded Fear complaining, unheeded, about spurious asylum claims at Kennedy Airport, was ready to make the most of the facts of the Kansi and Yousef cases, and of the fear of foreign terrorists that both inspired.
126 Human rights advocates proposed a solution to this problem. They suggested that the INS station some of its trained asylum officers, who since 1990 had been specially trained to decide affirmative cases, at the airports. These officers would screen the apprehended asylum seekers. The purpose of the 34 A Well-Founded Fear screening would be to separate those with strong asylum claims from those whose cases seemed completely without foundation. This preliminary screening would not cause anyone to be sent home immediately, as under Simpson’s old summary exclusion proposal, but would determine which people should be released into the community pending a hearing, and which should be jailed until their hearings because they were unlikely to prevail in their cases.
A Well-Founded Fear: The Congressional Battle to Save Political Asylum in America (1999, 2000) by Philip G Schrag