Skip to comments.THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- NORWOOD (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)
Posted on 04/29/2005 11:41:40 AM PDT by madfly
THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Norwood) is recognized for 5 minutes.
Mr. NORWOOD. Madam Speaker, this month the Minuteman Project has accomplished with just a few hundred citizen volunteers what the Federal Government has been unable to do and actually told us was impossible to do, and that is stopping illegal immigrants crossing our borders.
In the process of focusing the Nation's attention on the insecurity of our borders, they have succeeded in bringing new information to the debate on the overall immigration crisis in this Nation. The new information is critical to this body's consideration of a specific policy area, probably and frankly the one area in which all Americans should be in 100 percent agreement, and that is protecting Americans from criminal illegal immigrants.
U.S. Border Patrol Sector Chief Michael Nicely is head of the entire 260 mile long Tucson Sector of our border, the worst in the Nation for illegal immigration, and the same sector where the Minutemen shutdown a 23 mile portion of that sector.
What should be horrifying to all Americans is what Chief Nicely told Government Executive Magazine just last week. He says that since November, the Border Patrol agents have caught 17,000 criminal illegal aliens trying to enter our country through just through this one 260 mile sector; 17,000 criminal illegal aliens. That is not total illegal aliens now, just the criminals. Overall, Chief Nicely's sector has arrested more than a quarter of a million people trying to enter this country illegally just since Thanksgiving.
Last year, I introduced legislation specifically targeting against criminal illegal aliens. The Clear Law Enforcement For Criminal Aliens Removal
Act, or we call it the CLEAR Act, gained the support of some 125 Members. Our purpose is fairly simple: State and local law enforcement personnel would be fully authorized to investigate, apprehend, and, if necessary, remove criminal aliens in the United States.[Page: H2722]
Already this year our Justice Department has asked for help from local law enforcement on this issue. According to Reuters News, the Bush administration now recognizes that, ``The United States has freed numerous illegal aliens into the community who are dangerous murderers, rapists and child molesters under a legal loophole created by Supreme Court decisions, and that ``Congress should urgently pass legislation to close this loophole, which has already resulted in the release of several extremely violent offenders, with others scheduled to be released soon.''
According to the report, U.S. Justice Department Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Cohn made this request of the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives on March 14.
We have the legislative draft to do just what they want, this year's pending version of the CLEAR Act. We plan to introduce the 2005 version within the next few weeks. We do welcome constructive input from the administration, from Members of both parties and members of both houses. But from what we have learned thus far from the Minuteman Project, the CLEAR Act cannot be a stand-alone remedy for stopping the hordes of vicious foreign criminals invading our country to murder, rape and molest Americans.
My one bill will not do it, not by itself. We can provide local and State law enforcement with the tools to remove these criminal elements through guaranteed deportation. We can help Homeland Security do their job. But it does little if they can simply pour back across unsecured borders. You have gotten nothing done.
The CLEAR Act, therefore, will become a critical component of overall immigration and border reform. I urge every Member in this body to join in this effort with the CLEAR Act. In return, I pledge to support whatever legislative measures that are necessary to secure our borders. That includes a total military closing, if necessary, to stop these criminals. I fully understand the meaning of ``closing,'' even if it is a temporary closing. It is a time we in this body are going to be able to declare whose side are we on.
Are we on the side of fellow Americans, or are we on the side of those of the new world order who want no borders? It is that simple. The vote will come down to just that.
Here's an aren't-you-glad-Charlie-is-your-congressman ping. "Government Executive Magazine"? That's almost as frightening as the illegals.
Time for a second Operation Wetback
...17,000 criminal illegal aliens. That is not total illegal aliens now, just the criminals...
They are ALL criminals.
Borders, language, culture; or death to America?
Time to choose.
He talked about illegals at the district convention last month. He was adament that something be done. Of course, I don't recall him mentioning this particular act as his, but he's not a ego driven politician, at least as not as much as most.
Maybe I'll give him a call later and thank him. I'm sure he loves hearing from me, lol.
The Minuteman Project is working.
It seems to have unchocked the wheels in Washington.
Unfortunately, thanks to Algore, I snicker any time I hear Norwood's name. I always think of "What does Dingell-Norwood say?"
It has been a while since I have read it but as I recall it empowers state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration law and it compels the Federal government to take custody of or pay the cost of detaining any illegals they arrest. It seems like a pretty good deal.
17000 CRIMINALS CAUGHT IN A TIME OF WAR AND STILL OUR PRESIDENT SUPPORTS UNGUARDED BORDERS!
There is a word for that.
The Minuteman Project really seems to have awaken people from their slumber about the border.
It seems this has been picking up steam just like the Fair Tax has been (he's a co-sponsor of that too - I love my Rep!)
I wonder when the "new world order" types will come on this thread to rant and call Norwood a racist?
The CAL-9 hyena pack has been very quiet of late. Have no idea why. Of course, their nominal alpha-dog leader, harrowup, flounced off in a snit a few days ago after sdpatriot got under his very thin skin about something or other.
Enjoy their absence. Probably won't last long.
They're probably back in drag over at DU. Either that or they're in drag while they're here.
I'd like to see them actually do something in Congress - but the big question is would the president sign it if it gets through the Senate? To have him exercise his first veto on the border would be too ironic. (Or moronic.)
I'd venture that whoever manages to fix the borders will win control over the Congress in 2006. (Won't be the Losertarians.) The staff at GOPUSA.com is trying to distance the party from the president on this issue like nothing I've ever seen - with good reason. This is the one issue that cuts through all parties and social classes, even more than abortion or gun rights. This is where we separate the pro-Americans from the NWO Commies/Borg.
Kinda makes you really wonder why they hate the US so much.
Bet on it!
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