US - New law expected to tighten visa application requirements

After weeks of fighting, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill which implements the 9/11 Commission recommendations. President George W. Bush is expected to sign it into law next week.

The bill includes numerous immigration provisions. The number of Border Patrol agents would be increased by at least 2,000 per year for each of the next five years. Also, at least 8,000 beds each year would be added to house immigration detainees and suspected terrorists. In addition, visa application requirements would be tightened.

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