[Congressional Record: November 16, 2001 (House)]
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AN IMMIGRATION LOOPHOLE
(Mr. DUNCAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. DUNCAN. Mr. Speaker, we are tightening security everywhere as we
should, but we are about to make a big mistake by reinstituting a big
loophole. Some are seeking to revive the part of our immigration law
called section 245(i). This law lets illegal aliens, if they are
married or related to a legal resident or sponsored by an employer,
simply pay a $1,000 fee for instant legalization. These lawbreakers do
not have to leave the country and they do not even have to undergo any
Section 245(i) violates usual legal requirements. It is an amnesty.
It led to a rush of sham marriages last April when the 245(i) deadline
expired. Some sham marriages have been connected with accused
terrorists. Without background checks, we do not know if the illegals
using 245(i) are terrorists or criminals or sympathizers of our
Mr. Speaker, we should permanently dump 245(i). Illegal aliens should
have to go back to their home country first. We need to be a nation of
laws. We cannot afford this security risk.
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