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FBI explains policy change


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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- An FBI official this week issued the following written statement explaining the change overseeing immigration violations:

"With an estimated 8 million aliens illegally present in the United States, the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws is a daunting task. Consequently, pursuant to the Attorney General's longstanding authority under the immigration laws, last year he delegated immigration law enforcement authority to officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service.

"The Attorney General determined that this delegation of authority was necessary to gain assistance from additional federal law enforcement professionals. Following the transfer of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the new Department of Homeland Security will be the primary immigration law enforcement agency. However, the safety of the American people is the primary concern for both the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have discussed this delegation and will continue to do so."


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