Pro President Bush's "comprehensive immigration reform" plan to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"One thing that I've spoken about and many others in the administration have talked about over the last year is the need to take a comprehensive approach to the issue of illegal immigration. I shouldn't have to remind people this problem has been with us for decades. It won't be solved overnight, and it won't be solved with a piecemeal approach. What's required is a comprehensive approach. And as the President has said, that means stronger border security, effective interior enforcement and a temporary worker program. Now, some of this requires further congressional action. We need Congress to act if there's going to be a temporary worker program. That would be a program that would allow businesses that need foreign workers, because they can't otherwise satisfy their labor needs, to be able to get those workers in a regulated program that gives us visibility into who is coming in, has a secure form of identification, and makes sure that the federal government is able to collect and properly allocate all the necessary taxes. [...] But until the problem gets resolved in its entirety, we are going to enforce the law. We're going to do it as vigorously as we can. We're going to be fair about it, but we're going to be tough about it. And again, we want to work with Congress to see if we can come up with a solution that is more comprehensive and addresses everybody's interest in having a fair outcome."
"Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary Julie Myers, and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras at a Press Conference on Operation Wagon Train," Press Room, www.dhs.gov, Dec. 13, 2006
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"The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for assessing the nation's vulnerabilities. It takes the lead in evaluating vulnerabilities and coordinating with other federal, state, local, and private entities to ensure the most effective response. The collection, protection, evaluation and dissemination of information to the American public, state and local governments and the private sector is central to this task."
"Information Sharing & Analysis," www.dhs.gov, Mar. 26, 2007
"We will lead the unified national effort to secure America. We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation. We will ensure safe and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote the free-flow of commerce."
"About The Department," www.dhs.gov, Mar. 26, 2007
"More than 87,000 different governmental jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities. The comprehensive national strategy seeks to develop a complementary system connecting all levels of government without duplicating effort." "About The Department," www.dhs.gov, Mar. 26, 2007
"The Department of Homeland Security FY 2006 Budget includes more than $30.8 billion in net discretionary spending -- a 4.7 percent increase over FY 2005. In total, with mandatory and fee-based programs, the DHS budget for FY 2006 is $40.6 billion." "DHS Receives $2.4 Billion Increase for 2006 Appropriations," Press Room, www.dhs.gov, Oct. 18, 2005
Michael Chertoff, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
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One (Mailing address: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528)