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Introduced in House (05/20/1998)

Immigration Reform and Improvements Act of 1998 - Abolishes the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the office of Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization.

Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish within the Department of Justice the Bureau for Immigration Enforcement.

States that the Bureau shall perform the following immigration-related functions: (1) prevention of illegal entry; (2) inspection of ports of entry; (3) apprehension and detention, including programs of parole or supervised release; (4) exclusion, deportation, and release; and (5) investigations.

States that Bureau activities shall be conducted through the following units: (1) uniformed enforcement unit; (2) investigations unit; (3) intelligence unit; (4) assets forfeiture unit; (5) probation unit; and (6) trial attorney unit.

Provides for enforcement field offices.

(Sec. 3) Provides for appointment in the Department of State of: (1) an Assistant Secretary of State for Immigration Affairs; (2) an Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Admissions and Asylum Affairs; (3) an Assistant Secretary of State for Citizenship and Passport Services; and (4) an Under Secretary of State for Citizenship, Immigration, and Refugee Affairs who shall direct such Assistant Secretaries.

(Sec. 4) States that the Secretary of Labor shall be responsible for enforcement of immigration-related employment verification.

(Sec. 5) Establishes as an independent agency the Agency for Immigration Review which shall be made up of a trial division, appellate board, and other divisions or offices as necessary.

(Sec. 7) Provides for transfer and allocation of appropriations and personnel.