Stories

The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 27,000 investigative stories.

Most of our stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center directly at 573-882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.

Search results for "Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)" ...

  • INS fails to see the light

    The National Law Journal reports on how the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has been denying detained aliens the right to hear a presentation about their legal options from a group of New York lawyers. "Under rules promulgated in 1998, the lawyers should have been able to do so, but were stymied for a year and half, even as the agency proudly announced the expansion of the legal access program to federal prisons and county jails," the story reveals.
  • Admitting Terror

    In a five-part investigative series New Times discovers that Mohamed Atta, one of the key players in the September 11 terrorist attacks, was improperly admitted into the country. Norman reveals that immigration inspectors are often leery to enforce federal law against illegal aliens, and exposes "a culture that values facilitation of air travel over law enforcement." INS failed to monitor the departure of U.S. visitors, to maintain a database with names of suspected terrorists, and to enforce laws against visitors' overstays. At INS customer service has become a top priority, even though inspectors have warned of the terrorist threat, New Times reports. The stories shed light on several cases in 1990s when terrorist were admitted into the U.S. without any scrutiny. "The disturbing result is that the INS has become a laughingstock among even moderately sophisticated terrorists."
  • Terrorism Series

    Newsweek investigates the global reach of the terrorist network Al Qaeda, how its "cell" structure worked, how it laundered money and how its leader Osama bin Laden attempted to obtain weapons of mass destruction. The first part of the series, published in February 2001, predicts that the threat posed by bin Laden is growing. The second one, two weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, reveals details of a possible 20th hijacker involved in the tragedy. Some of the online stories examine possible links between the WTC suspects and USS Cole bombers, and reveal that FBI has identified more than 1,000 people with suspected terrorist ties inside the U.S. The series documents "numerous intelligence and policy failures that kept U.S. authorities from detecting the terror plot being hatched under their noses."
  • Special report: Forced labor in America

    This U.S.A Today investigative series reports on domestic worker abuse. The investigation compiles information on more than 140 cases of hidden exploitation. The main finding is that the private home is becoming the modern-day version of a sweatshop. The first part of the series reveals that "many immigrants hired to work as nannies and maids in the United States are instead being forced into virtual bondage, where some are beaten, barred from leaving and denied basic medical care." The victims' status is often illegal, and they are afraid to disclose the abuse for fear of being deported. Statistics quoted in the stories show that immigrant live-ins are generally paid much below minimum wages. The second part of the series looks at the uncertain justice that victims receive, and depicts their difficulties to achieve emotional recovery and financial independence.
  • Liberty's Heavy Hand

    "'Liberty's Helping Hand' is a six-part series, preceded by daily coverage, regarding the Immigration and Naturalization Services' mistreatment of immigrants, foreign travelers and U.S. citizens."
  • (Untitled)

    New Republic (Washington, D.C.) paints the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a bureaucracy out of control that sees its role more as a police entity than as a public service, April 13, 1992.