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Rehberg Calls for Tough Action on Illegal Immigration

Location: Washington, DC

Rehberg Calls for Tough Action on Illegal Immigration
November 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is predicting the House of Representatives will pass a major immigration reform bill before the first of the year to deal with the nation's growing illegal immigration population.

"Before Christmas, we intend to have a package, " Rehberg said. "We've got to close the border to illegal aliens. We cannot continue to allow people whose first act is to come into America illegally, and then to take advantage of our tax-payer funded social services intended for American citizens."

Rehberg's comments came prior to President Bush's scheduled speech today at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, where the President talked about increasing border security as part of a comprehensive Immigration Reform package.

"We're working in the House right now on a plan that will increase the resources on the border, crack down on those who employ illegal aliens, and make sure that people in this country illegally are caught, and deported. It's time to get tough," said Rehberg.

Other measures being studied by Congress include opening new border patrol offices, authorizing state and local officials to enforce immigration laws, reducing identification fraud, and improving workplace enforcement.

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