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Vitter Amendment to Gang of 8 Bill to Make Illegals Convicted of Crimes against Women, Children ineligible for Immigrant status

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) will be introducing an amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill that would ensure that illegal aliens convicted of crimes of violence against women and children are ineligible for registered provisional immigrant status. The amendment is pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 which was reauthorized by Congress this year.

"The purpose of this amendment is protecting the safety of women and children," Vitter said. "The Gang of Eight bill, as written, is basically a come one, come all amnesty bill. And while I'm pushing for a completely different approach, the supporters of the bill should at least be able to agree that violence directed at women and children are serious crimes warranting a prohibition of registered provisional immigrant status."

Vitter also expects to get a vote on his amendment to implement the U.S. VISIT check-in/check-out system. The system was required by Congress in 1996 to be implemented in 2005, but has yet to be implemented. The system would set up a biometric technology to track identities of all those entering and exiting the U.S.

Vitter's U.S. VISIT amendment is expected to get a vote in the 3:00 p.m. ET series of votes.

Vitter discussed the Gang of Eight bill on Fox News' America's News Headquarters on Sunday.

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