No significant changes in immigration policy have resulted from the September 11 attacks. Critics of the policy had hoped for a complete overhaul that would reduce the number of immigrants allowed into the U.S., but Congress has not moved to change the current policy. The political tactic of capitalizing on the fear of immigration has largely disappeared over the last decade as changing demographics have changed the face of politics. However, a plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico has been set aside and it is likely that Congress will make some changes to the immigration policy when they reconvene in January.
See Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2002