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Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
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The federal agency in the Department of Justice that administers and enforces immigration and naturalization laws. These laws concern the admission, exclusion, deportation and naturalization of non-U.S. citizens. The INS inspects immigrants to determine their admissibility into the United States; evaluates requests by immigrants for benefits under the law; guards against illegal entry into the United States; investigates, apprehends and removes people who have entered the country in violation of the law; and evaluates applicants wishing to become citizens.

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