U.S. Attorney General discusses immigration in Santa Clara
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Department of Justice
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
July 21, 2006
SANTA CLARA (BCN) - U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
told a Santa Clara audience today that there are "no easy
answers'' when dealing with illegal immigration.
Conservative opponents of President George W. Bush's plan, which
would offer many illegal immigrants the eventual opportunity to
become citizens, need to be realistic about the millions of illegal
immigrants already in the country, according to Gonzales.
"Reforms must be based in reality. We cannot realistically
deport en masse 12 million people who are here illegally,'' Gonzales
Gonzales stressed that the federal government must secure not
only the southern border with Mexico but also the northern border
"A porous border is an opportunity for terrorists to enter,''
Following his speech, Gonzales took written questions from the
audience. He said that despite this being an election year, Congress
needs to pass immigration reform this year.
Gonzales also defended the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping
efforts as "vital'' to national security. He said he has
not fully read Thursday's decision
by San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker
allowing an Electronic Freedom Foundation lawsuit challenging
the eavesdropping to proceed, and would not comment on the decision.
However, he said an appeal is possible and plans to meet with
his deputies to discuss it.
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