Border Management

Dual Management Structure at Entry Ports Should End Gao ID: T-GGD-94-34 December 10, 1993

The U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) are the main agencies responsible for inspecting and clearing, respectively, goods and merchandise as well as persons crossing the U.S. border. Customs and INS have a long history of interagency rivalry coupled with ineffective cooperation and coordination on border crossing operations. GAO testified that these problems will not be resolved until the existing dual management structure is ended. GAO supports the creation of an independent immigration and customs agency--a move that should produce a more strategic and integrated vision for handling the heavy volume of persons, services, and goods entering this country.


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