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Tancredo Denounces Daschle’s Legislation Permitting Illegal Immigrants to Remain in the U.S.

Measure Allows Illegals to Obtain Green Card; Ignores Background Checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) denounced legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) today to extend Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This bill would permit illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. without receiving a State Department background check from their home country.

"I am astounded Congress would once again consider legislation that promotes illegal behavior in our immigration policy and, more importantly, leaves our nation vulnerable to potential terrorist attacks," said Tancredo. "No threat to American security can be taken lightly any longer. Extending 245(i) not only rewards lawbreakers, it has the potential to allow criminals, ranging from petty thieves to suicide bombers, to remain in America legally."

Senator Daschle’s bill to extend 245(i) would significantly increase permanent U.S. population growth by creating a new wave of amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants and the enticement of millions more to move to the U.S. In addition, this bill would allow illegal immigrants who are on a waiting list to receive a green card as a relative or imported worker to pay a fine, while at the same time, remain in this country illegally for a year or until their turn arrives on the list.

"This concept is absurd. Why have a list, especially, if we’re going to allow anybody who jumps the line and comes here illegally to stay anyway?" concluded Tancredo.

Section 245(i) places the responsibility for background checks with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), an agency that Rep. Tancredo says, "has repeatedly demonstrated its bureaucratic ineptitude." Consular officers in our embassies, not the INS, should have the responsibility to conduct background checks. Reason being, they have unmatched expertise in the language and procedures of the countries in which they are stationed, as well as in analyzing local police records. Lastly, their knowledge of local fraudulent document operations and political extremist groups allows them to screen potential immigrants far more effectively than U.S.-based INS employees who have no training or experience in screening for criminals.

Specific reasons why Section 245(i) is a national security risk are as follows:

Allows hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens to stay permanently without going through face-to-face interviews in our embassies in their own countries, cultures and languages.

Permits people to remain here for years as something just above an illegal immigrant, until their name comes up on a waiting list for green cards.

Entices millions more foreign nationals to enter the country without screening to be illegal immigrants in hopes that they, too, will be rewarded for their lawbreaking.

Shows how a Section 245(i) amnesty boosts U.S. population growth.


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