Law Enforcement and the INS: A Participant Observation Study of Control Agents

Law Enforcement and the INS: A Participant Observation Study of Control Agents

by George Weissinger

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This book updates prior research that utilized the perceptions of criminal investigators of the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), and compares these perceptions with immigration enforcement priorities that were implemented post 911, through the Obama Administration up to the Trump presidency. The legacy INS attempted to provide both a service and control function, which made it difficult for INS investigators to fulfill their mission of interior enforcement of the immigration laws. Other problems that surfaced included organizational relations, as well as notions about professionalism, which affected recruitment, retention, training, and worker expectations. The creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should have addressed these issues relating to immigration enforcement with the intent of solving some of the underlying problems. However, policies and ideological issues exacerbated efforts to enforce the immigration laws. The updated material in this third edition discusses how the interaction between an organization and the environment in which it operates, contributes to effectiveness with specific reference to the organization’s stated mission, A review of immigration laws and agency policies, including executive orders, priorities, the impact of sanctuary cities, and consideration of the wider variables impacting illegal migration among other issues, were also analyzed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761869016
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 03/29/2017
Edition description: 3rd Edition
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 796,680
Product dimensions: 5.99(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

George Weissinger, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. Professor Weissinger earned his doctorate in sociology from New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Science, and was a former criminal investigator with the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service. He also served as a Sr. US Parole Officer supervising organized crime offenders in the Eastern District of New York. After retiring from federal service, he also worked as a special investigator and independent contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Background Investigations Unit.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: The Immigration Problem: A Study In Deviance
Chapter Two: Immigration Laws: The Task Of Social Control
Chapter Three: The Illegal Alien Environment: Norms As Rules In Use
Chapter Four: Methodological Overview
Chapter Five: Investigator Perceptions Of Agency Policies
Chapter Six: The Investigator At Work
Chapter Seven: Internal And External Relations
Chapter Eight: Interpretation: Problems Of Status And Morale
Chapter Nine: The Illegal Alien: Characteristics Of Interior Enforcement
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