Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002
Pub. L. No. 107-173 (H.R. 3525)
Section 1. Short Title and Table of Contents. Section 1 sets forth the name of H.R.
3525 and contains a table of contents. The Act may be cited as the Enhanced Border
Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002.
Section 2. Definitions. Section 2 of H.R. 3525 provides definitions for terminology
used in the bill.
Section 101. Authorizes Appropriations for Hiring and Training Government
Section 101(a) provides for additional staff and training to increase security on both the
northern and southern borders. Specifically, this section authorizes the Attorney General
to hire, at minimum, an additional 200 INS inspectors and associated support staff, and
200 INS investigative personnel and associated staff, in each of fiscal years (FYs) 2003
through 2006, to be employed at either the northern or southern border. These new
positions are over and above the threefold increase in staffing provided for in the USA
PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-56), signed by President Bush on October 26, 2001.
To help the INS retain staffing along the border, section 101(b) of the bill boosts the
annual rate of basic pay for border patrol agents and INS inspectors who have completed
at least one year of service with the agency. The bill also raises the pay rates for
inspections assistants and associated support staff.
Section 101(c) of H.R. 3525 provides funds for the ongoing training of INS personnel
along the border, as well as funds for the continued cross-training of border personnel
from other agencies. This section also authorizes funding to fully train immigration
officers to use the appropriate lookout databases and to monitor passenger traffic
patterns. Finally, section 101(c) expands the Carrier Consultant Program of INA §
235A(b). [Note: H.R. 3525 incorrectly cites to INA § 235(b)]. The Carrier Consultant
Program assigns addi