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INS TO BUILD DETENTION FACILITY TO HOLD ILLEGAL AIRPORT ENTRIES

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its effort to control illegal immigration, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) announced the award of a contract to build and operate a 300-bed detention facility to hold persons attempting unlawful entry at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFKIA) in New York and Newark International Airport in Newark, N.J.
    The facility will be built and operated by Esmor, Incorporated, of Melville, N.Y., and is expected to be completed next spring, Acting INS Commissioner Chris Sale said today.  It will be located at 625 Evans St., Elizabeth, N.J.  The INS currently has a 100-bed contractor- operated facility in Queens, N.Y., which will continue in operation.
    Foreign nationals with fraudulent documents or no documents attempt to enter the United States each day at major airports in numbers that exceed the detention capacity of the INS.  Many of these arrivals request asylum, even though they have no legitimate claim of persecution in their own country.
    Under the current U.S. system of laws and procedures, there is no expeditious way to remove such persons from the United States.  Several stages of administrative and judicial review are involved before such claims are finally determined, and most persons are released before their claims are resolved.  The most undeserving claimants do not return to complete the process.
    With the additional detention capacity serving two of the busiest international airports, more of the undeserving claimants can be held until their claims are resolved and can then be removed from the United States if denied.
    Under a proposal announced July 27 by President Clinton, legislation has been introduced to speed the processing of frivolous asylum claims, while offering full protection to persons with legitimate asylum requests.
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    CONTACT:  Verne Jervis, Duke Austin or Rick Kenney of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Office of Press Information, 202-514-2648 CO:  IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE ST:  NY,NJ


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