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Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006 -- (House of Representatives - May 18, 2005)

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Mr. BERMAN. Madam Chairman, I thank the gentlewoman for yielding time. The point she raises now brings to mind a point I wanted to make about what is really an unbelievably reckless amendment offered by the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Norwood) regarding empowering local police to detain and remove people based on illegal immigration status without checking or verifying that status with INS or the Federal agencies.

A group of people with no training in this particular effort will have the ability to pick up people, assume, or come to the conclusion that person is not here in legal status and, without checking with the Federal Government or the INS, to deport and remove that person from this country. That person may be an asylee, having a well-founded fear of persecution. The person may not have the right documents on him but be a naturalized citizen or be here under some kind of temporary visa that he cannot show the police. It will all of a sudden give thousands and thousands of law enforcement officials an ability to do something.

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