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Home From: "Art Pedroza" <apedroza@e...>

» Messages Date: Mon Aug 20, 2001 3:31 pm
Post Subject: Bush Goes Slow on Immigrant Amnesty
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Database Washington Post Staff Writer
Polls Monday, August 20, 2001; Page A01
Calendar President Bush, who hopes to
Promote unveil his much-anticipated
immigration proposal next month,
has begun signaling to his allies in
Congress that they should plan a
slow, piecemeal process that likely
won't make sweeping changes until
after the 2002 elections.

Expectations have been climbing among Hispanic, immigration and business interests
since the administration floated a trial balloon contemplating full amnesty for the 3
million to 4 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States. But Bush is sale
to be concerned that expectations are surpassing legislative reality, which
dictates a gradual liberalization of immigration policy over several years.

"What the president said the last time I talked to him is we've got to be careful not to
overpromise," said Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah), who is likely to be Bush's point man
on immigration in the House. "This is a system with a lot of resistance. He wants
change, but he wants it in an orderly, reasonable fashion."

Cannon, the conservative former impeachment manager who shares Bush's eagerness
to liberalize immigration, has been consulting with the president, senior Bush adviser
Karl Rove and White House immigration specialist Diana Schacht. The White House
has characteristically been mum publicly.

"I don't even know if we can get a bill in this Congress," Cannon said, predicting that
broad immigration changes would likely wait until after next year's midterm elections
"They're just not ready to do it over there" at the White House, he said. "It's just an
enormously complicated thing. We want to be careful as we go. This is why the Republicans/message/929 3/22/2004


LSF Refugee Resettlement Program in Crisis

Following September 11 th
"For I was hungry, and you ted me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and
you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and
you eared tor me . . . when you did it to one of the least of fhese my brothers and sisters . . .
you were doing it to me!" {Matthew 35-40, MITJ
The Biblical quotation cited above vividly
describes what the LSF Refugee Resettlement
Program has been doing so well for more than
20 years—helping people in desperate need
who fled persecution in their homeland build new
lives in freedom in America. Over the years, more
than 21,000 refugees from all parts of the globe
have turned to the LSF Refugee Program for help. Last year alone,
the Program provided assistance to more than 3,200 people.
However, since the tragic events of September 1 1th, the Program
has resettled only 40 people. This is a decline of nearly 70%
compared to the number of refugees resettled during the same
time period last year.

The Refugee Resettlement program has a long history. Although it

formally began in 1982 when the Agency was established, the
roots of the Program date back to 1973 when the Florida
Lutheran Council began resettling refugees fleeing the horror of Idi
Amin, the crue dictator of Uganda. The Council continued its
Vietnamese refugees arrive in Tampa.
vital work following the fall of Saigon in 1975 when thousands of
Vietnamese refugees fled to the United States to escape political said Danielle Kearney, the Director of the LSF Refugee and
persecution from the North Vietnamese communist government. Immigration Program for the past 20 years. "Many of us can
At that time, nearly every Lutheran church in the Tampa Bay and trace our roots back to ancestors who escaped persecution in
Miami areas, as well as other parts of Florida, was involved in their homelands and came to this country as refugees or
sponsoring Vietnamese refugees. The congregations took in the immigrants with the dream of living in freedom and building a
refugees and their families, found them homes, fed them, clothed better life for their children. Today, there are thousands of people
them, helped them learn English, taught them the ways of their just like our ancestors who have been waiting to realize that very
new country, and helped them find jobs. In most cases, within same dream and we can't just abandon them," she added.
just a few short months the refugees were self-sufficient and However, following the tragic events of September 1 1th, a
eventually became productive members of their communities. moratorium on refugee admissions to the United States was
imposed preventing more than 22,000 refugees who already
"The need to help refugees fleeing political and religious had been approved by the Immigration and Naturalization
persecution start over here in the United States is as great today Service (INS) from entering the country. New security screening
as it was when the Program began more than 20 years ago,"
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The Reauthorization of the Department of Justice Page 1 of 77





House of Representatives,
Committee on the Judiciary,
Washington, DC.

The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10:06 a.m., in room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building,
Hon. Henry J. Hyde (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Present: Representatives Henry J. Hyde, F. James Sensenbrenner, Bill McCollum, George W. Gekas,
Howard Coble, Lamar S. Smith, Charles T. Canady, Bob Inglis, Bob Goodlatte, Steve Buyer, Ed Bryant,
Bob Barr, William L. Jenkins, Asa Hutchinson, Edward A. Pease, James E. Rogan, Lindsey O. Graham,
John Conyers, Jr., Barney Frank, Howard L. Berman, Robert C. Scott, Melvin L. Watt, Zoe Lofgren,
Martin T. Meehan, and William D. Delahunt.

Staff present: Jon Dudas, staff directory/deputy general counsel; Diana Schacht, deputy staff
director/counsel; Rick Filkins, counsel; Sharee Freeman, counsel; Rob Corry, counsel; Ray Smietanka,
chief counsel, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law; Shawn Friesen, staff assistant;
Shelly Pelletier, office manager and clerk; Annelie Weber, assistant to the staff director; Julian Epstein,
minority chief counsel/staff director; Perry Apelbaum, minority general counsel; Stephanie Goodman,
minority counsel; and Maria Tamburri, intern.



Mr. HYDE, [presiding] The committee will come to order.

The subject of this morning's hearing is the reauthorization of the United States Department of
Justice. We welcome Eric H. Holder, our new Deputy Attorney General, who will be testifying this
morning, and in addition, Stephen Colgate, Assistant Attorney General for Administration, has
accompanied Mr. Holder to answer any technical questions regarding the Department's budget request.

Authorization is the process by which Congress creates, amends, and extends programs in response to
national needs. Authorization is perhaps the most important oversight tool that a committee can employ,
and today's hearing is a culmination of extensive oversight of the Department that began early last year.

Through authorization, legislative committees establish program objectives and set ceilings on the
amounts that may be appropriated for them. Once a Federal program has been authorized, the
Appropriations Committee recommends the actual budget authority, which allows Federal agencies to
enter into obligations and actually spend the money that's authorized.

Until recent years, many authorizations were permanent, being provided for by the statutes that
created the agencies and programs. Today Congress typically authorizes appropriations for a limited
period of time. Authorizations may extend for 1, 5, or even 10 years. With respect to the Department of 3/22/2004