Immigration and Naturalization Service

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    September 11, 2013

    "Admitting Terror": U.S. Allowed 9/11 Bombers Into the Country Illegally Because of Airlines' Pressure

    Twelve years ago, just month after the towers fell in New York, New Times reporter Bob Norman showed you that the 9/11 bombers had been allowed to enter the country illegally through Miami. The series that he wrote, "Admitting Terror," won a Livingston Award for Young Journalists because it showed ... More >>

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    October 19, 2006

    Mock Trial

    Miamiís immigration judges are not interested in your problems

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    February 2, 2006

    The Battle of Biscayne

    A place where hookers and drug dealers roam becomes Miami's Soho

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    November 11, 2004

    Screwed If By Sea

    Cruise lines throw workers overboard when it comes to providing urgent medical care.

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    October 9, 2003

    Free as a Jailbird in Havana

    When ex-con Mario Mora was deported to Cuba, he swapped one prison for another

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    November 7, 2002

    Little Goes A Long Way

    Immigration attorney Cheryl Little spent years banging her head against INS bureaucracy, until a Haitian boat cracked it open

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    October 24, 2002

    Letters from the Issue of October 24, 2002

    Bring back Robert Rosenberg!

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    March 14, 2002

    You Can't Handle the Truth!

    Law enforcement's attempts to muzzle the media help no one

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    December 13, 2001

    Admitting Terror, Part 3

    Four more cases of egregious ineptitude at the Immigration and Naturalization Service

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    November 8, 2001

    Admitting Terror, Part 2

    The INS has its own peculiar way of meting out justice: Promote the supervisor who intentionally misled Congress and harass the inspector who warned of terrorists

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    November 1, 2001

    Letters from the Issue of November 1, 2001

    The INS Owes Us an Explanation: But don't expect anything other than self-serving spin

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    October 25, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of October 25, 2001

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    October 18, 2001

    Admitting Terror

    The immigration service's own describe how America failed to protect its borders from the September 11 terrorists

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    May 10, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of May 10, 2001

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    May 3, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of May 03, 2001

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    April 19, 2001

    Elian Plus One

    An INS agent discloses blatant anti-Cuban sentiment surrounding last year's raid, and apparent attempts at a coverup. The result? He's threatened.

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    June 15, 2000

    Demetrio's Rules

    The world according to public school board member Demetrio Perez includes exile philosophy, Elian propaganda, and old-Havana-school politics.

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    June 1, 2000

    Rick ... or Red?

    Could Rick Sanchez, Miami's most notorious journalistic windbag, actually be an agent of Fidel Castro?

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    April 6, 2000


    Welcome to Alex Penelas's Banana Republic

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    March 30, 2000

    Border Wars

    Nearly a dozen people in the local INS office have filed sexual-harassment complaints against the agency

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    February 17, 2000

    Internet Network News, September 20, 2010

    Elian Gonzalez: Still mum after all these years

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    February 10, 2000


    Nat Wilcox on bad behavior; and growing radio verde?

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    February 10, 2000

    Fine Young Cannibals

    The reporters providing us coverage of Elian Gonzalez seem to recognize they're taking part in a shark feed. And they just keep chomping.

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    January 20, 2000

    A Family Portrait

    Meet Luis and José Cid, Elian Gonzalez's Miami cousins, just a couple of good old-fashioned American criminals

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    December 23, 1999


    Used, Abused, and Alone

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    December 16, 1999


    The Insider

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    September 23, 1999

    Hurricane Van Van

    Promoter Debbie Ohanian stared down the City of Miami and won a victory in the area's latest absurdo

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    July 29, 1999

    Striking out on his own

    Cuban pitching coach Rigoberto Betancourt threw Castro a curve by defecting. Now he's in immigration hell.

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    March 25, 1999
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    February 11, 1999

    Green Card or Pink Slip?

    Eric Holmes claims the owners of the Adrian Hotel made his life miserable because he refused to marry a Romanian

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    December 17, 1998
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    September 17, 1998

    The Smuggler as Savior

    Juan Garcia Pino was obeying a higher law when he rescued nineteen family members fleeing Cuba. But a more mundane law ruined everything.

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    September 10, 1998
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    September 3, 1998

    American Nightmare

    Ernesto Mejia has a good job, a loving wife, and a clean record. So why has he been locked up in Krome for more a year?

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    June 18, 1998

    If El Exilio Doesn't Get You, Uncle Sam Will

    Cuban salsero Issac Delgado played Miami without incident. Then the government accused him of breaking the law.

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    January 8, 1998
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    July 10, 1997

    Cause For Return

    Haitian radio host Marcus Garcia's work in Miami is done. It's time for him to go home.

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    February 6, 1997

    Life Sentences

    Forget Hiaasen, Balmaseda, and Steinback -- the Herald's weird, wacky "Police Report" is the prose by the pros

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    January 30, 1997

    A Prisoner of Circumstance

    Rachel Better never worried about her stateless status until the INS locked her up. Then it was too late.

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    September 26, 1996
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    September 12, 1996

    Agents of Deception

    A congressional delegation inspected Miami's INS operations and found everything to be running smoothly. No wonder. Investigators later discovered they'd been dealing with...

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    February 29, 1996

    Birth of a Misinterpretation

    A Haitian refugee is denied asylum after honestly answering a question about his wife's protracted pregnancy

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    February 8, 1996

    Perilous Journey

    For more than two decades Miami's Haitian Refugee Center was a beacon of hope and a force for justice. Today its director, Guy Victor, is struggling just to keep it afloat.

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    December 21, 1995

    Cuba Bound, Part 2

    Sailboat captain Dave Shaw runs afoul of U.S. Customs and finds himself up a creek without his canoe

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    November 23, 1995
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    February 2, 1995

    Immigrate Expectations

    Exile leaders raised millions to bankroll their plan to refugees to South Florida from Guantanamo -- but money isn't the only stumbling block

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    May 5, 1993

    Inside Little Haiti

    From an island in the sea to an island in the heart of Miami

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    October 28, 1992

    If You Don't Have A Visa, Stay Out of the Kitchen

    In the old days, INS agents tended to round up illegal-alien cooks and dishwashers. Now they're going after owners.

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    June 24, 1992

    The Other Coup

    Internal strife brews at Miami's Haitian Refugee Center, even as the future of 10,000 new clients hangs in the balance

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    February 26, 1992
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