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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 15, 2001

January 15, 2001


SUBJECT:       Delegation of Authority Under Sections 212(f) and
               215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 212(f) and 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a)(1)), and in light of Proclamation 4865 of September 29, 1981, I hereby delegate to the Attorney General the authority to:

     (a)maintain custody, at any location she deems appropriate, and
     conduct any screening she deems appropriate in her unreviewable
     discretion, of any undocumented person she has reason to believe is
     seeking to enter the United States and who is encountered in a
     vessel interdicted on the high seas through December 31, 2001; and,

     (b)undertake any other appropriate actions with respect to such
     aliens permitted by law.

This memorandum is not intended to create, and should not be construed to create, any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, legally enforceable by any party against the United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, officers, employees, or any other person, or to require any procedures to determine whether a person is a refugee.

You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.


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