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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, September 2, 1996 Volume 32--Number 35 Pages 1495-1588 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Illinois Democratic National Convention, accepting the Presidential nomination in Chicago--1577 University of Chicago in Chicago--1576 Radio address--1497 Whistlestop tour Indiana, Michigan City--1571 Kentucky, Ashland--1502 Michigan Battle Creek--1562 East Lansing--1558 Kalamazoo--1567 Pontiac--1554 Royal Oak--1549 Wyandotte--1544 Ohio Arlington--1524 Bowling Green--1528 Chillicothe--1516 Columbus--1519 Toledo--1533, 1539 West Virginia, Huntington--1499 Communications to Federal Agencies Eligibility of aliens for food stamps, memorandum--1496 Naturalization, memorandum--1495 Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order 12580 (Superfund implementation)--1575 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Wolf Blitzer, Jill Dougherty, and Claire Shipman of the Cable News Network--1508 Proclamations Minority Enterprise Development Week--1497 To Modify the Allocation of Tariff-Rate Quotas for Certain Cheeses-- 1538 Resignations and Retirements Political consultant Dick Morris--1577 Statements by the President See Resignations and Retirements Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1588 Checklist of White House press releases--1587 Digest of other White House announcements--1586 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1587 Editor's Note: The President was in Cape Girardeau, MO, on August 30, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue will be printed next week. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1495]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1495-1496] Monday, September 2, 1996 Volume 32--Number 35 Pages 1495-1588 Week Ending Friday, August 30, 1996 Memorandum on Naturalization August 22, 1996 Memorandum for the Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Other Heads of Executive Agencies Subject: Naturalization Citizenship is the cornerstone of full participation in our democracy. To become a United States citizen through naturalization represents a pledge to undertake the responsibilities of being a full member of our national community. Naturalization is the best example of our legal immigration system at work. It reflects our society's recognition of those who came to this country to work hard, play by the rules, and pursue shared ideals of freedom, opportunity, and responsibility. In the past, hundreds of thousands of eligible people have had to wait unnecessarily to become citizens. In some parts of the country, these people have had to wait well over a year after filing their application to realize their dream of United States citizenship. This Administration is committed to eliminating the waiting lists of those eligible for citizenship. To accomplish this, we launched ``Citizenship U.S.A.,'' the most ambitious citizenship effort in history. In fiscal year 1996, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will spend more than $165 million for naturalization. Citizenship U.S.A. combines three broad strategies: hiring more people to handle applications, improving the naturalization process, and expanding partnerships with local officials and community organizations. We are already making progress. We have increased the staff 235 percent in the five districts with 75 percent of the pending applications: Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, and Chicago. In Los Angeles, where one-fourth of all new applications are filed, we have opened three new processing centers and have more than quadrupled the number of INS officers handling citizenship applications. But this is just the beginning. This Administration's target is to process and swear-in within 6 months of application all individuals eligible for citizenship. As we meet this target, more than one million newcomers will become citizens by the end of this year. After that, INS shall maintain those reforms necessary to stay current with the demand of new citizen applicants. Using all of the tools at your disposal, I ask you to ensure that policies and practices necessary to accomplish these targets of one million new citizens sworn-in and the elimination of the waiting list are implemented. This includes continuing, expanding or accelerating, as appropriate and practicable, the following: 1) New Hires. Hiring, training, and deployment of full staff to assist naturalization efforts should proceed to completion as quickly as possible. 2) Cutting Red Tape. This includes: establishing electronic filing and mailing-in of citizenship applications, extended weekday hours and Saturday interviews, further expansion of processing facilities, and improvements to make it easier for people to obtain forms and get immigration information by telephone or computer. 3) Working with Local Officials and Community-Based Groups. We are working in partnership with local officials and community groups to expand outreach. I direct you to expand these efforts to help get naturalization information to people, assist them in filling out applications, offer more local sites for interviews, especially for the elderly and the homebound, and seek other means to jointly facilitate the process. We also will work to expand the availability of local hotlines providing naturalization information. 4) English Training. To assist legal immigrants to move toward citizenship, I request relevant agencies to work with the Domestic [[Page 1496]] Policy Council, the National Economic Council, and other White House offices to present to me by December 30, 1996, a report making recommendations with respect to public/private efforts to teach English to those needing to improve their English-language skills. This report should consider possible roles by private companies, educational institutions, unions, community organizations, and the AmeriCorp program to accomplish this goal. 5) Interagency Outreach. I direct each executive department and agency to take steps to promote naturalization outreach consistent with your agency's mission. In particular, in materials sent to welfare recipients concerning eligibility, I direct that, to the extent authorized by law, you include naturalization information. 6) Refugees and Asylees. Those who flee persecution and suffering in their home country are often in the weakest position to acquire the skills they need to enter the job market, maintain self-sufficiency, and achieve U.S. citizenship. I direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with other agencies as appropriate, to present to me by December 30, 1996, through the Domestic Policy Council, a report setting out a strategy of additional steps that we can take to promote social adjustment in the United States, economic self- sufficiency, and naturalization. In taking these steps, this Administration shall maintain and strengthen the standards and requirements of the naturalization test that demonstrate an individual's readiness to accept the responsibilities of citizenship and full participation in our national community. You are directed to continue vigilant oversight to uphold these standards. Hundreds of thousands of people are seeking the dream and the promise of American citizenship. They have worked to become United States citizens, and these steps should ensure that they are not made to wait unnecessarily. William J. Clinton Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 23, and it was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1496] Monday, September 2, 1996 Volume 32--Number 35 Pages 1495-1588 Week Ending Friday, August 30, 1996 Memorandum on the Eligibility of Aliens for Food Stamps August 22, 1996 Memorandum for the Secretary of Agriculture Subject: Eligibility of Aliens for Food Stamps Under the provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which today I signed into law, aliens receiving food stamps as of the date of enactment will continue to receive benefits until recertification of their eligibility, which shall take place not more than 1 year after enactment of the law. The results of the certification, including decisions as to an individual's immigration classification, veteran status, or work history, will determine whether the individual remains eligible for benefits under the Food Stamp program. Implementation of these new procedures will pose a substantial challenge for all involved Federal and State agencies. To ensure that eligibility determinations are made fairly, accurately, and effectively, I direct you to take the steps necessary under your authority to permit the State agencies to extend the certification periods of currently participating aliens, provided that no certification period is extended to longer than 12 months, or up to 24 months if all adult household members are elderly or disabled, and provided that in no event shall certifications be extended beyond August 22, 1997. I further direct you to notify the States of the actions you have taken. William J. Clinton Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 23, and it was not received in time for publication in the
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