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HELP LOCAL ENFORCEMENT

Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Rep. Marsha Blackburn

Illegal aliens enter the United States in two distinct ways: approximately 60 percent cross a border illegally; and the remaining 40 percent overstay a legal visa. While the Border Patrol is responsible for preventing the first method of illegal entry, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for finding and removing visa overstays and individuals not apprehended by the border patrol.

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 established the 287(g) program, which trains and funds local police departments to help ICE enforce federal immigration laws. Over the years, however, adequate funding has been stripped from the program and authority given to local law enforcement has been reduced.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has introduced the CLEAR Act (H.R.100) that would:

  • Recognize the inherent authority of states and localities to enforce immigration law;
  • Improve information sharing between state and local governments and the federal government;
  • Mandate the federal government to expeditiously remove criminal aliens being detained by states and localities; and
  • Increase federal resources for local governments that choose to assist in immigration enforcement.

Full Text on Thomas

Fact Sheets -- 1-pager and 2-pager

More information on Interior Enforcement

Publications

Fact Sheet: LEAVE Act of 2011 (H.R.1196)

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

CLEAR Act of 2011 Dear Colleague Letter

Letters & Endorsements - Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FACT SHEET: CLEAR Act of 2011 (2-pager)

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FACT SHEET: CLEAR Act of 2011 (1-pager)

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Clear Act 2009 summary

Fact Sheets - Thursday, June 4, 2009

Clear Act 2009 summary

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Clear Act 2009 Two-pager

Fact Sheets - Thursday, June 4, 2009

Clear Act 2009 two-pager

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Clear Act 2009 Letter to Colleague

Fact Sheets - Thursday, June 4, 2009

Clear Act letter to colleagues 2009

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Jordan Commission -- Executive Summary on Legal Immigration

Congressional Testimony - Friday, September 1, 1995

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, 1995

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Legislative Analysis

CLEAR Act of 2007 - H.R. 3494

Legislative Analysis - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CLEAR Act of 2007 - H.R. 842

Legislative Analysis - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CLEAR Act of 2003 - Just the Facts

Legislative Analysis - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CLEAR Act of 2003 - Outline

Legislative Analysis - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CLEAR Act of 2003 - Summary

Legislative Analysis - Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Congressional Testimony

Jordan Commission -- Executive Summary on Legal Immigration

Congressional Testimony - Friday, September 1, 1995

U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, 1995

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