Customs Service and INS: Dual Management Structure for Border Inspections Should Be Ended - GAO Report
|Date:||June 30, 1993|
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El Paso (TX)
North American Free Trade Agreement
San Ysidro (CA)
Treasury Enforcement Communications System
The Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) have a long history of interagency rivalry coupled with ineffective cooperation and coordination relating to border crossing operations. These problems still exist today, even though the agencies share responsibility for primary inspections at border crossings. These unproductive conditions appear to be deeply ingrained in the management of these two agencies, and GAO concludes that a single independent agency combining the functions of both Customs and INS is the most viable option to address the challenges posed by changing international business competition and increasing international migration flows.