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Blackburn Immigration Reforms Introduced in Senate

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Blackburn Immigration Reforms Introduced In Senate
Reforms Give Local Law Enforcement Tools to Identify Detain Illegals

Rep. Marsha Blackburn's CLEAR Act will take a major step forward when a group of 10 Senators include the language, which has 135 bipartisan House co-sponsors and support from a wide coalition of grassroots and border security organizations, in a package of immigration reforms being introduced in the Senate today. The legislation would give local law enforcement the tools they need to identify and detain illegal aliens in the normal course of their duties. Blackburn's language will be adopted in Senators Chambliss and Isakson's Effective Immigration Enforcement Partnerships Act of 2008. Congressman Blackburn remarked on the latest development:

"This is a critical step toward securing our borders. The Charlie Norwood CLEAR act has been tested, and found support, in the law enforcement community and on the House Floor. That support has now moved this common sense approach to immigration reform to the Senate. I urge Senate leadership to give the legislation the urgent attention it deserves and quick passage."

More on Rep. Blackburn's Charlie Norwood CLEAR Act (H.R. 3494):

* The bill affirms state and local law enforcement official's authority to enforce immigration law- including the ability to detain illegal immigrants;

* Denies funds to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to partner or cooperate with the Federal government on immigration enforcement;

* Lists immigration violators in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database - which every cop has access to in his squad car;

* Demands that DHS take custody or make arrangements to take custody of detained criminal aliens within 48 hours;

* Provides DHS Immigration Enforcement Training for state and local law enforcement;

* Continues and Expands the Institutional Removal Program (IRP) which where implemented helps flush out and remove criminal aliens in the penal system that have been arrested already- So rapists, murderers and pedophiles are not released back onto the street after they serve their time.


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