Immigration Reform, the INS, and the Distribution of Interior and Border Enforcement Resources
This paper investigates the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) interior and border enforcement effort allocation choice following the enactment of Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986. The INS increasingly allocated a disproportionate amount of resources along the border as a result of the new law. It is contended that this behavior is consistent with that of a public agency intent on maximizing its budget and not in accord with minimizing the undocumented population in the United States. The theory developed here is then used to evaluate proposals that could potentially reconcile the INS's objectives with those of the policymakers and the public. Copyright 1999 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
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