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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 3, 1995

"Immigration Enforcement Improvements Act of 1995"


"We are a nation of immigrants. But we are also a Nation of laws. It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it."

                                President Clinton
                                1995 State of the Union Message

     The President today transmitted to the Congress a legislative

proposal entitled the "Immigration Enforcement Improvements Act of 1995." This legislation is part of the package of enforcement initiatives the President announced in his State of the Union Message on January 24, 1995, to aggressively secure our borders, speed the deportation of illegal aliens, and better enforce the law prohibiting the employment of illegal aliens.

This legislation will complement the President's unpre- cedented FY 1996 immigration budget to fund border control and immigration enforcement initiatives and his February 7, 1995, Presidential Memorandum, which directs the heads of the Executive Departments and Agencies to take specific steps to fight illegal immigration. These steps include: strengthened border control, intensified worksite enforcement and work authorization verification efforts, expanded detention and deportation capability (especially of criminal aliens), additional coordination of deterrence strategies in selected metropolitan areas, improved benefits verification, continuing work with States to obtain more Federal help for certain State costs, and emphasizing international cooperative efforts to jointly resolve issues of illegal immigration.

Some of the most significant provisions of the legislation, which will strengthen the Administration's strategy for combatting illegal immigration, include those to:

This legislative proposal, together with the President's FY 1996 Budget and the Presidential Memorandum signed on February 7th, will continue this Administration's unprecedented actions to combat illegal immigration while facilitating legal immigration. Our comprehensive strategy will protect the integrity of our borders and laws without dulling the luster of our Nation's proud immigrant heritage.

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