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    Congress, Administration Eye Closing Visa Loophole
    (CNSNews.com) - A top Homeland Security Department official Wednesday said the newly formed agency is almost ready to close a loophole in immigration law that allows illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.


    Homeland Security Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that efforts to revise visa revocation procedures are nearly complete, saying: "I believe that we will be very shortly in a position to issue regulations on this matter."


    Hutchinson said his orders from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge were to "get it fixed" and said concerns involving jurisdiction were being addressed.


    During a committee oversight hearing on law enforcement and terrorism, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) voiced criticism of the process and noted a General Accounting Office report detailing the loophole.


    "The U.S. government has no specific written policy on the use of visa revocations as an antiterrorism tool and no written procedures to guide State in notifying the relevant agencies of visa revocations on terrorism grounds," the report stated.


    According to the GAO report, "This lack of formal written policies and procedures has contributed to systemic weaknesses in the visa revocation process that increase the possibility of a suspected terrorist entering or remaining in the United States."


    The report noted that the lack of guidelines creates confusion among agencies over jurisdiction and procedure, often leaving the illegal immigrant free and on U.S. soil. Expressing "worry" about border control, Grassley asked Hutchinson for assurance that the matter was being dealt with.


    "This doesn't meet the common sense test as far as I'm concerned," said Grassley. "If these people are a threat to our security...just because they got a visa to get here, if we'd known that before they got the visa, they wouldn't be here in the first place."


    Grassley also sought assurances that questions of whether the State Department or Homeland Security has jurisdiction in such matters would be resolved.


    "The State Department won't budge. Now, I think your department has authority over visa policy and State, who's just supposed to carry it out," said Grassley. "I would like to have you assure me...that you will get the State Department moving and get the loophole closed," said Grassley


    Hutchinson explained that State could "at its discretion" revoke visas after the immigrant was stateside, but it was "more difficult" for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to order his or her removal.


    "It would be helpful to us...that the revocation (certificate) include that they no longer have authority to stay in this country. That would assist us in the removal process," Hutchinson said, noting that the transition of visa authority from State to DHS was still ongoing.


    "We have not fully implemented that transfer," said Hutchinson. "We're getting close to the memorandum of understanding with the State Department. We are ahead of the game on this, and we are looking at it to adopt appropriate regulations to remedy this discrepancy."


    Law enforcement groups back CLEAR Act


    Meanwhile, efforts to increase the involvement of local law enforcement officers in immigration matters were being pressed by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.), chief patron of the Clear Law Enforcement for criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR) Act, H.R. 2671.


    Introduced by Norwood on July 9, the bill would allow the more than 600,000 state and local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws during their daily duties on the streets.


    "I was encouraged to learn of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing today regarding terrorism and the role of law enforcement," Norwood told CNSNews.com. "Our federal government has been no friend of America's rank-and-file officers trying to enforce our nation's immigration laws, reduce this threat and make our streets safer."


    The bill would also require the federal government to take custody of criminal aliens apprehended by local law officers or pay the local city, county or state to detain them.


    A new system for the DHS Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) would allow them to take custody of the aliens and process them in new BICE facilities created for that purpose.


    If the federal agency is "truly uncooperative" with local enforces in this process, the bill would allow state and local law departments to hold the agency accountable through an administrative review process and fine schedule.


    Supporters of the measure include the National Sheriffs' Association, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, and Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement.


    "A system that allows 80,000 criminal aliens to be apprehended by local and state law enforcement agencies, only to be released back onto our streets, is reflective of a system that is just plain dangerous," said Norwood.


    Norwood added. "It's time for our federal government and this Congress to get serious about the criminal alien crisis we have in our nation today. The CLEAR Act is a big step forward in fixing an immigration system that needs it in the worst way."


    E-mail a news tip to Steve Brown.


    Send a Letter to the Editor about this article.

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    Congress, Administration Eye Closing Visa Loophole
    (CNSNews.com) - A top Homeland Security Department official Wednesday said the newly formed agency is almost ready to close a loophole in immigration law that allows illegal immigrants to remain in the United States.


    Homeland Security Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security Asa Hutchinson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that efforts to revise visa revocation procedures are nearly complete, saying: "I believe that we will be very shortly in a position to issue regulations on this matter."


    Hutchinson said his orders from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge were to "get it fixed" and said concerns involving jurisdiction were being addressed.


    During a committee oversight hearing on law enforcement and terrorism, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) voiced criticism of the process and noted a General Accounting Office report detailing the loophole.


    "The U.S. government has no specific written policy on the use of visa revocations as an antiterrorism tool and no written procedures to guide State in notifying the relevant agencies of visa revocations on terrorism grounds," the report stated.


    According to the GAO report, "This lack of formal written policies and procedures has contributed to systemic weaknesses in the visa revocation process that increase the possibility of a suspected terrorist entering or remaining in the United States."


    The report noted that the lack of guidelines creates confusion among agencies over jurisdiction and procedure, often leaving the illegal immigrant free and on U.S. soil. Expressing "worry" about border control, Grassley asked Hutchinson for assurance that the matter was being dealt with.


    "This doesn't meet the common sense test as far as I'm concerned," said Grassley. "If these people are a threat to our security...just because they got a visa to get here, if we'd known that before they got the visa, they wouldn't be here in the first place."


    Grassley also sought assurances that questions of whether the State Department or Homeland Security has jurisdiction in such matters would be resolved.


    "The State Department won't budge. Now, I think your department has authority over visa policy and State, who's just supposed to carry it out," said Grassley. "I would like to have you assure me...that you will get the State Department moving and get the loophole closed," said Grassley


    Hutchinson explained that State could "at its discretion" revoke visas after the immigrant was stateside, but it was "more difficult" for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to order his or her removal.


    "It would be helpful to us...that the revocation (certificate) include that they no longer have authority to stay in this country. That would assist us in the removal process," Hutchinson said, noting that the transition of visa authority from State to DHS was still ongoing.


    "We have not fully implemented that transfer," said Hutchinson. "We're getting close to the memorandum of understanding with the State Department. We are ahead of the game on this, and we are looking at it to adopt appropriate regulations to remedy this discrepancy."


    Law enforcement groups back CLEAR Act


    Meanwhile, efforts to increase the involvement of local law enforcement officers in immigration matters were being pressed by Rep. Charlie Norwood (R-Ga.), chief patron of the Clear Law Enforcement for criminal Alien Removal (CLEAR) Act, H.R. 2671.


    Introduced by Norwood on July 9, the bill would allow the more than 600,000 state and local law enforcement officials to enforce immigration laws during their daily duties on the streets.


    "I was encouraged to learn of the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing today regarding terrorism and the role of law enforcement," Norwood told CNSNews.com. "Our federal government has been no friend of America's rank-and-file officers trying to enforce our nation's immigration laws, reduce this threat and make our streets safer."


    The bill would also require the federal government to take custody of criminal aliens apprehended by local law officers or pay the local city, county or state to detain them.


    A new system for the DHS Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) would allow them to take custody of the aliens and process them in new BICE facilities created for that purpose.


    If the federal agency is "truly uncooperative" with local enforces in this process, the bill would allow state and local law departments to hold the agency accountable through an administrative review process and fine schedule.


    Supporters of the measure include the National Sheriffs' Association, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, and Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement.


    "A system that allows 80,000 criminal aliens to be apprehended by local and state law enforcement agencies, only to be released back onto our streets, is reflective of a system that is just plain dangerous," said Norwood.


    Norwood added. "It's time for our federal government and this Congress to get serious about the criminal alien crisis we have in our nation today. The CLEAR Act is a big step forward in fixing an immigration system that needs it in the worst way."


    E-mail a news tip to Steve Brown.


    Send a Letter to the Editor about this article.

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    • #3
      you need the 'loophole' for the healthy american life and existance. Your hole actually helps you invigorate your vital system; it allows americans to be more productive because of the supply of fresh muscles of labor.

      If aliens foundout about your 'loophole' and exploited it mercilessly, don't resist it too much. Worse, don't stitch it shut, because you will bust when all the excrement accumulates inside you. Instead, lay back and accept the enthusiastic thurst and the sweet smell of sweat of the entreprising man; learn to enjoy the hard and trobbing thrust and friction of aliens in your hole; soon, you will like it more and more.

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