NEARLY DE­STROYED

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

“The fa­mous, the in­fa­mous, the anony­mous and the well-known.”

That’s how the Na­tional Archives is de­scrib­ing 32 mil­lion le­gal and il­le­gal im­mi­grants who have ar­rived in the United States since 1944, whose alien case files, orig­i­nally sched­uled for dis­posal, were of­fi­cially trans­ferred last week from the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity’s Cit­i­zen­ship and Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vices to the Na­tional Archives.

Com­monly called A-files, the records con­tain pho­to­graphs, let­ters, birth cer­tifi­cates, health records and visas — all of which are con­sid­ered key to un­lock­ing

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