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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alien Restriction Call

WASHINGTON () -- FBI Director Louis Freeh is calling for tighter controls on student visas and alien marriages as part of an intensified effort to curb terrorism by aliens in the United States.

Freeh made the recommendations to Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, who asked him to review policies and practices on immigrants entering and leaving the United States in response to the World Trade Center bombing and to killings outside CIA headquarters -- both linked to aliens. They were contained in a memorandum, a copy of which was obtained by journalists.

The recommendations, now under review by the Justice Department, also proposed strengthening investigative powers against suspected "undesirable aliens,'' accelerating deportation appeal proceedings and limiting U.S. participation in a visa waiver pilot program under which 9 million foreigners entered the country in the fiscal year 1994.