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Re: Cornyn On Immigration

I just got a quick briefing on the Cornyn border state of legislation, which, I’m told includes a worth-mentioning trigger: “The immigration reform/temporary worker plan could not be

initiated until the enforcement measures were funded.”

There are details on the enforcement provisions of the bill here. Expect the bill and hearings before month’s end, I’m told.

A quick tour:

It doubles the Border Patrol, strengthens interior enforcement, increases

detention space (so that we don’t have the massive catch-and-release program

we have now) add biometrics, and gets at one of the roots of the

problem–employers who flout the law:

Prosecution of Immigration Violations and Employment Verification System

Establishes new senior Justice Department official at the Assistant Attorney

General level to

oversee all immigration enforcement litigation, to ensure high level DOJ

attention, energy,

and accountability

Strengthen integrity of the social security number system and implement an

Employment

Verification System to electronically confirm employment authorization

Requires development and use of machine–readable, tamper–resistant

identification

documents that incorporate biometrics.

Authorizes additional resources for worksite enforcement and the prosecution

of employment

of unauthorized workers

Increases the penalties for aliens who engage in gang violence and drug

trafficking

Curtails illegal employment of aliens through increased penalties and

additional worksite

investigators

Provides necessary tools to identify and prosecute individuals who commit

immigration and

document fraud…

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