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THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- NORWOOD (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)
Congressional Record April 28th 2005 ^ | Apr. 28, 2005 | Cong. Charles Norwood (R-GA)

Posted on 04/29/2005 11:41:40 AM PDT by madfly

THE CLEAR ACT OF 2005 AND THE MINUTEMEN -- (House of Representatives - April 28, 2005)

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   The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. Norwood) is recognized for 5 minutes.

   Mr. NORWOOD. Madam Speaker, this month the Minuteman Project has accomplished with just a few hundred citizen volunteers what the Federal Government has been unable to do and actually told us was impossible to do, and that is stopping illegal immigrants crossing our borders.

   In the process of focusing the Nation's attention on the insecurity of our borders, they have succeeded in bringing new information to the debate on the overall immigration crisis in this Nation. The new information is critical to this body's consideration of a specific policy area, probably and frankly the one area in which all Americans should be in 100 percent agreement, and that is protecting Americans from criminal illegal immigrants.

   U.S. Border Patrol Sector Chief Michael Nicely is head of the entire 260 mile long Tucson Sector of our border, the worst in the Nation for illegal immigration, and the same sector where the Minutemen shutdown a 23 mile portion of that sector.

   What should be horrifying to all Americans is what Chief Nicely told Government Executive Magazine just last week. He says that since November, the Border Patrol agents have caught 17,000 criminal illegal aliens trying to enter our country through just through this one 260 mile sector; 17,000 criminal illegal aliens. That is not total illegal aliens now, just the criminals. Overall, Chief Nicely's sector has arrested more than a quarter of a million people trying to enter this country illegally just since Thanksgiving.

   Last year, I introduced legislation specifically targeting against criminal illegal aliens. The Clear Law Enforcement For Criminal Aliens Removal

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Act, or we call it the CLEAR Act, gained the support of some 125 Members. Our purpose is fairly simple: State and local law enforcement personnel would be fully authorized to investigate, apprehend, and, if necessary, remove criminal aliens in the United States.

   Already this year our Justice Department has asked for help from local law enforcement on this issue. According to Reuters News, the Bush administration now recognizes that, ``The United States has freed numerous illegal aliens into the community who are dangerous murderers, rapists and child molesters under a legal loophole created by Supreme Court decisions, and that ``Congress should urgently pass legislation to close this loophole, which has already resulted in the release of several extremely violent offenders, with others scheduled to be released soon.''

   According to the report, U.S. Justice Department Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Cohn made this request of the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives on March 14.

   We have the legislative draft to do just what they want, this year's pending version of the CLEAR Act. We plan to introduce the 2005 version within the next few weeks. We do welcome constructive input from the administration, from Members of both parties and members of both houses. But from what we have learned thus far from the Minuteman Project, the CLEAR Act cannot be a stand-alone remedy for stopping the hordes of vicious foreign criminals invading our country to murder, rape and molest Americans.

   My one bill will not do it, not by itself. We can provide local and State law enforcement with the tools to remove these criminal elements through guaranteed deportation. We can help Homeland Security do their job. But it does little if they can simply pour back across unsecured borders. You have gotten nothing done.

   The CLEAR Act, therefore, will become a critical component of overall immigration and border reform. I urge every Member in this body to join in this effort with the CLEAR Act. In return, I pledge to support whatever legislative measures that are necessary to secure our borders. That includes a total military closing, if necessary, to stop these criminals. I fully understand the meaning of ``closing,'' even if it is a temporary closing. It is a time we in this body are going to be able to declare whose side are we on.   

   Are we on the side of fellow Americans, or are we on the side of those of the new world order who want no borders? It is that simple. The vote will come down to just that.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Mexico; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 109th; aliens; bipartisanship; border; clearact; criminalaliens; h2721; mexico; minutemen; mmp; nwo; openborders; theclearact
Are we on the side of fellow Americans, or are we on the side of those of the new world order who want no borders? It is that simple. The vote will come down to just that.
1 posted on 04/29/2005 11:41:41 AM PDT by madfly
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2 posted on 04/29/2005 11:43:28 AM PDT by madfly
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To: eyespysomething

Here's an aren't-you-glad-Charlie-is-your-congressman ping. "Government Executive Magazine"? That's almost as frightening as the illegals.


3 posted on 04/29/2005 11:46:23 AM PDT by SittinYonder (You can't sing country music with a northeastern twang)
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To: madfly
Excellent...the feds need local authorities to assist them...the open border crowd want only the Border Patrol to deal with this (because they know that BP simply cannot handle it alone)...involving local, county and state authorities and the American people is the only answer

Time for a second Operation Wetback

Operation Wetback

4 posted on 04/29/2005 11:53:26 AM PDT by Irontank (Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under)
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To: madfly
Sounds like a great idea to me. Let's rock and roll now congresscritters.

Nam Vet

5 posted on 04/29/2005 11:53:39 AM PDT by Nam Vet (MSM reporters think the MOIST dream they had the night before is a "reliable source".)
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To: madfly

...17,000 criminal illegal aliens. That is not total illegal aliens now, just the criminals...

They are ALL criminals.


Borders, language, culture; or death to America?
Time to choose.


6 posted on 04/29/2005 11:54:38 AM PDT by the gillman@blacklagoon.com (Impeach them all!)
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To: madfly; SittinYonder

He talked about illegals at the district convention last month. He was adament that something be done. Of course, I don't recall him mentioning this particular act as his, but he's not a ego driven politician, at least as not as much as most.

Maybe I'll give him a call later and thank him. I'm sure he loves hearing from me, lol.


7 posted on 04/29/2005 11:59:21 AM PDT by eyespysomething (hmmm....)
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To: madfly
Great stuff!

The Minuteman Project is working.

8 posted on 04/29/2005 12:02:26 PM PDT by Spiff (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: Spiff
"The Minuteman Project is working."

It seems to have unchocked the wheels in Washington.

9 posted on 04/29/2005 12:06:58 PM PDT by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: madfly

Unfortunately, thanks to Algore, I snicker any time I hear Norwood's name. I always think of "What does Dingell-Norwood say?"


10 posted on 04/29/2005 12:07:18 PM PDT by Freemyland
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To: eyespysomething
The Norwood's Clear Act has been circulating around Congress for several years now and every year it seems to gather a little more support. I'm hopeful that this will be its breakout law because people finally seem to be waking up to this issue.

It has been a while since I have read it but as I recall it empowers state and local law enforcement to enforce immigration law and it compels the Federal government to take custody of or pay the cost of detaining any illegals they arrest. It seems like a pretty good deal.

11 posted on 04/29/2005 12:10:25 PM PDT by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: madfly

17000 CRIMINALS CAUGHT IN A TIME OF WAR AND STILL OUR PRESIDENT SUPPORTS UNGUARDED BORDERS!

There is a word for that.


12 posted on 04/29/2005 12:11:09 PM PDT by TomasUSMC
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To: jackbenimble

The Minuteman Project really seems to have awaken people from their slumber about the border.

It seems this has been picking up steam just like the Fair Tax has been (he's a co-sponsor of that too - I love my Rep!)


13 posted on 04/29/2005 12:13:46 PM PDT by eyespysomething (hmmm....)
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To: madfly
Fantastic! I've been calling for this Act to be revived and passed for a long time. If enacted it will remove much of the bureaucratic hassle that hinders most local and state law enforcement from properly dealing with criminal aliens (a great many of whom are gang members).

Next up we should be seeing legislation that denies significant highway funding from self-proclaimed "sanctuary cities".
14 posted on 04/29/2005 12:24:51 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus (The South will Rise Again. Just as soon as we rest up a little more. Real soon now.)
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To: madfly; Czar
"Are we on the side of fellow Americans, or are we on the side of those of the new world order who want no borders? It is that simple. The vote will come down to just that."

I wonder when the "new world order" types will come on this thread to rant and call Norwood a racist?

15 posted on 04/29/2005 12:38:50 PM PDT by monkeywrench
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To: monkeywrench; Travis McGee; Dead Corpse; HiJinx; wardaddy; Boot Hill; janetgreen; in the Arena; ...
"I wonder when the "new world order" types will come on this thread to rant..."

The CAL-9 hyena pack has been very quiet of late. Have no idea why. Of course, their nominal alpha-dog leader, harrowup, flounced off in a snit a few days ago after sdpatriot got under his very thin skin about something or other.

Enjoy their absence. Probably won't last long.

16 posted on 04/29/2005 12:54:00 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Czar

They're probably back in drag over at DU. Either that or they're in drag while they're here.

I'd like to see them actually do something in Congress - but the big question is would the president sign it if it gets through the Senate? To have him exercise his first veto on the border would be too ironic. (Or moronic.)

I'd venture that whoever manages to fix the borders will win control over the Congress in 2006. (Won't be the Losertarians.) The staff at GOPUSA.com is trying to distance the party from the president on this issue like nothing I've ever seen - with good reason. This is the one issue that cuts through all parties and social classes, even more than abortion or gun rights. This is where we separate the pro-Americans from the NWO Commies/Borg.


17 posted on 04/29/2005 1:11:56 PM PDT by datura (Fix bayonets.)
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To: Czar
Give 'em time. Like a bad penny, they'll keep turning up.

Kinda makes you really wonder why they hate the US so much.

18 posted on 04/29/2005 1:19:48 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (Never underestimate the will of the downtrodden to lie flatter.)
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To: Czar; datura; Dead Corpse
Related items:

Santa Clara County employee posts death threat on Minuteman Project website

Governor's kudos for Minutemen brings outcry

19 posted on 04/29/2005 1:27:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: Czar
"Probably won't last long."

Bet on it!

20 posted on 04/29/2005 1:36:34 PM PDT by Boot Hill ("...and Joshua went unto him and said: art thou for us, or for our adversaries?")
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To: Pepper777; Tuba Guy; SandRat; TexKat; SevenofNine; WestCoastGal; DAVEY CROCKETT; Calpernia; ...

Ping


21 posted on 04/29/2005 2:19:17 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Airspeed, altitude, or brains. Two are required to successfully complete a flight.)
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To: datura
"The staff at GOPUSA.com is trying to distance the party from the president on this issue like nothing I've ever seen..."

I believe the President has distanced himself from the party on the borders/illegal aliens issue. And it will end up hurting the GOP bigtime. None of my conservative friends--none of them--are donating anything in response to solicitation requests from the usual GOP sources. I have three such requests on my desk right now--they will get my usual response telling them no more $$ until I see some strong action to stop the flood of illegal aliens into our country and the implementation of a conservative agenda.

22 posted on 04/29/2005 2:38:32 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Dead Corpse
"Kinda makes you really wonder why they hate the US so much."

Yes, it does. Like Travis McGee, I believe it is fair to question the national allegiance of anyone who dismisses American sovereignty and disparages as "racists" those of us who insist on the preservation of American culture, customs, traditions and language.

23 posted on 04/29/2005 2:44:54 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good links. Thanks.


24 posted on 04/29/2005 2:46:26 PM PDT by Czar (StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: madfly

Ha! I saw the buttons and wondered when I pinged this...!

Thanks, madfly, this is great stuff.


25 posted on 04/29/2005 3:36:27 PM PDT by HiJinx (My Momma tol' me that if you gotta sneak, you're wrong...and you know it.)
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To: HiJinx

Lol, gothcha!

MMP is a force!


26 posted on 04/29/2005 5:02:34 PM PDT by madfly
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To: madfly

U.S. Constitution Article 1 Section 8 Clause 15:

"The Congress shall have Power to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections

and repel Invasions;"


U.S. Constitution Article 4 Section 4:

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,

and shall protect each of them against Invasion;"


27 posted on 04/29/2005 7:14:44 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Czar
None of my conservative friends--none of them--are donating anything in response to solicitation requests from the usual GOP sources.

I won't donate another cent, and neither will any of my conservative friends.

28 posted on 04/29/2005 7:53:09 PM PDT by janetgreen (Minutman Project - American patriotism!)
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To: madfly

It's good to hear the CLEAR Act is still around, I was wondering what happened to it. We need to get this common sense legislation passed.


29 posted on 04/29/2005 7:54:57 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: janetgreen

I'm suggesting a new campaign..."Pesos for the Party". Send the RNC 11 Pesos ($1.00). Perhaps they will get the message. You can go to any construction site to get pesos.


30 posted on 04/29/2005 8:39:59 PM PDT by politicalwit (USA...A Nation of Selective Law Enforcement.)
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To: Czar

"None of my conservative friends--none of them--are donating anything in response to solicitation requests from the usual GOP sources"

See post #30


31 posted on 04/29/2005 8:59:37 PM PDT by politicalwit (USA...A Nation of Selective Law Enforcement.)
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To: politicalwit
I'm suggesting a new campaign..."Pesos for the Party". Send the RNC 11 Pesos ($1.00).

I like it, and I'll do it!

32 posted on 04/30/2005 7:51:18 PM PDT by janetgreen (Minutman Project - American patriotism!)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest

Agreed. I remember Norwood introducing this sensible bill last year.


33 posted on 05/01/2005 9:25:30 AM PDT by madfly
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To: politicalwit
I'm suggesting a new campaign..."Pesos for the Party". Send the RNC 11 Pesos ($1.00). Perhaps they will get the message. You can go to any construction site to get pesos.

LOL! Someone else said they taped two pesos to an RNC fundraising letter with the note "Get used to it. You've told ME to."

Just as good and cheaper to mail: those expired long-distance phone cards that one can find littered around convenience stores everywhere; preferably one with a Mexican flag on it.

34 posted on 05/01/2005 9:45:09 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: madfly

bttt


35 posted on 05/01/2005 2:03:36 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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