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    MICHAEL CHERTOFF, SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: ..I said everybody that we apprehend, that we catch at the border, who's coming in illegally, we ought to send back, and we don't do that right now because we've been limited in terms of our capacity to hold people in detention until they go back, but also, frankly, because some of our foreign allies are a little reluctant to take people back who have tried to get into the country illegally.

    We've got to really push on that issue, and that means we've got to get more beds. And we also have to ask our friends overseas to step up to the plate and take back people that rightfully ought to be going back.

    So that's a large piece of what we have to do.

    I also recognize we've got, according to some estimates, 10 to 11 million illegals already in this country working. And the cost of identifying all of those people and sending them back would be stupendous. It would be billions and billions of dollars.

    One of the reasons I think that we've been focusing on the idea of a temporary worker program as part of a larger strategy for border security is because it would be a way to siphon off people who really want to do nothing more than work here, put them into a regulated program "” we would know who they are "” we would then be able to send them back at the end of a period of three years or six years. They would have made some money, they could take it back home, and then we could focus our other resources on the people that don't want to do it the right way, and we could get those people sent out.

    SOURCE: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,175575,00.html

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    MICHAEL CHERTOFF, SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: ..I said everybody that we apprehend, that we catch at the border, who's coming in illegally, we ought to send back, and we don't do that right now because we've been limited in terms of our capacity to hold people in detention until they go back, but also, frankly, because some of our foreign allies are a little reluctant to take people back who have tried to get into the country illegally.

    We've got to really push on that issue, and that means we've got to get more beds. And we also have to ask our friends overseas to step up to the plate and take back people that rightfully ought to be going back.

    So that's a large piece of what we have to do.

    I also recognize we've got, according to some estimates, 10 to 11 million illegals already in this country working. And the cost of identifying all of those people and sending them back would be stupendous. It would be billions and billions of dollars.

    One of the reasons I think that we've been focusing on the idea of a temporary worker program as part of a larger strategy for border security is because it would be a way to siphon off people who really want to do nothing more than work here, put them into a regulated program "” we would know who they are "” we would then be able to send them back at the end of a period of three years or six years. They would have made some money, they could take it back home, and then we could focus our other resources on the people that don't want to do it the right way, and we could get those people sent out.

    SOURCE: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,175575,00.html

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      Title: MICHAEL CHERTOFF-Homeland Security testimony to Sen. Judiciary on Immigration Issues

      Oct 18, 2005

      SOURCE:
      http://www.libertypost.org/cgi-bin/r...?ArtNum=113561

      The President understands that ending illegal immigration means both tough enforcement and action to reduce the demand that draws illegal migrants into the country. That's why his Administration believes we need a three-pillar, comprehensive approach to reforming our immigration system: (1) gain control of the border; (2) build a robust interior enforcement program; and (3) establish a Temporary Worker Program (TWP).

      The effectiveness of our border security and interior enforcement initiatives is closely tied to creating a workable and enforceable TWP.

      While Secretary Chao will speak in more detail, the TWP seeks to address two huge strains on the current immigration system: high U.S. employer demand for workers and active participation of an estimated eight million undocumented workers in the U.S. economy. A well-designed TWP will provide legal channels for U.S. employers and foreign born workers to meet the needs of a vibrant and successful U.S. economy without disadvantaging American workers.

      The President believes we need a well-designed TWP, coupled with a tough enforcement regime, to gain control of our borders.

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