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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, May 15, 1995 Volume 31--Number 19 Pages 777-819 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference--778 Antiterrorism legislation--789 Radio address--777 Russia Central Museum for the Great Patriotic War in Moscow--791 Moscow State University--804 Ukraine Arrival in Kiev--810 Babi Yar Menorah Memorial in Kiev--814 Schevchenko University in Kiev--815 Virginia, 50th anniversary of V-E Day in Arlington--787 Communications to Congress Democracy promotion programs, letter transmitting report--814 ``Gun-Free School Zones Amendments Act of 1995,'' message transmitting--809 Hungary-U.S. extradition treaty, message transmitting--790 Iran, letter--786 Nuclear safety convention, message transmitting--813 Executive Orders Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to Iran--784 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in Moscow, Russia--792, 810 News conference with President Yeltsin of Russia in Moscow, May 10 (No. 95)--792 Joint Statements Russia-United States joint statements Economic Reform, Trade, and Investment--801 European Security--799 Missile Systems--799 Nonproliferation--800 Transparency and Irreversibility of the Process of Reducing Nuclear Weapons--803 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Russia, President Yeltsin--792, 799, 800, 801, 803 Ukraine, President Kuchma--810 Proclamations Mother's Day--812 National Safe Boating Week--812 Statements by the President Japan, trade--809 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty extension--811 Senate confirmation of John Deutch as Director of Central Intelligence--792 Welfare reform initiatives in Delaware--790 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--819 Checklist of White House press releases--818 Digest of other White House announcements--817 Nominations submitted to the Senate--818 Editor's Note: The President was in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 12, 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 777]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 777-778] Monday, May 15, 1995 Volume 31--Number 19 Pages 777-819 Week Ending Friday, May 12, 1995 The President's Radio Address May 6, 1995 Good morning. This morning I want to talk with you about the problem of illegal immigration. It's a problem our administration inherited, and it's a very serious one. It costs the taxpayers of the United States a lot of money, and it's unfair to Americans who are working every day to pay their own bills. It's also unfair to a lot of people who have waited in line for years and years in other countries to be legal immigrants. Our Nation was built by immigrants. People from every region of the world have made lasting and important contributions to our society. We support legal immigration. In fact, we're doing what we can to speed up the process for people who do apply for citizenship when they're here legally. But we won't tolerate immigration by people whose first act is to break the law as they enter our country. We must continue to do everything we can to strengthen our borders, enforce our laws, and remove illegal aliens from our country. As I said in my State of the Union Address, we are a nation of immigrants, but we're also a nation of laws. And it is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years. This week, I sent strong legislation to Congress to try to stop those abuses, to secure our borders in the future, and to speed up deportation of illegal immigrants. Our immigration policy is focused in four areas: first, strengthening border control; second, protecting American jobs by enforcing laws against illegal immigrants at the workplace; third, deporting criminal and deportable aliens; fourth, giving assistance to States who need it and denying illegal aliens benefits for public services or welfare. Let me talk a little bit about two or three of these issues. First of all, on strengthening border control: For 2 years, we've been working very, very hard to strengthen our borders. We've put the best American technology to work at our borders. We've added a lot of border patrol agents, 350 last year, 700 this year. We're going to add at least another 700 next year. In El Paso, our border guards stand so close together they can actually see each other. They maintain a sealed border in what used to be the biggest route into America for illegal aliens. We're extending this coverage to other sectors of the borders. We'll increase border control by 51 percent this year over 1993 and by 60 percent along the southwest border. That's pretty good for just 3 years. We're also helping States to remove illegal aliens who are criminals, and I want to talk more about that in a moment. But focus on this: Right now we're deporting 110 illegal aliens everyday. That's almost 40,000 a year. And we're going to do even better. Now, let me talk a little bit about increasing deportations. Our plan will triple the number of criminal and other deportable aliens deported since 1993. We want to focus on the criminal population or on those who are charged with crimes but who are here illegally. Everyday illegal aliens show up in court who are charged. Some are guilty, and surely, some are innocent. Some go to jail, and some don't. But they're all illegal aliens, and whether they're innocent or guilty of the crime they're charged with in court, they're still here illegally and they should be sent out of the country. If they're sentenced to jail, they should go to jail. But then after their term is over, they should be removed from the United States. And when there is a plea bargain, I want deportation to be part of the deal. We've been doing this now in southern California, and just in southern California, under this provi- [[Page 778]] sion, we're going to send out 800 to 1,000 illegal immigrants this year. It simply doesn't make any sense for us to have illegal aliens in our custody, in our courts, and then let them go back to living here illegally. That's wrong, and we should stop it. Now, in addition to strengthening the border patrol, deporting more aliens who are part of our court system, and really cracking down on inspection at the work site in America, we have to face the fact that we've got another big problem, and that is the backlog. There is actually a backlog in the deportation of illegal aliens of over 100,000. That's 100,000 people we have identified who are still awaiting the completion of their deportation hearings. I have instructed the Justice Department to get rid of this backlog. If it takes extra judges, we'll ask Congress for the money to get them. We cannot justify continuing to have this large number of illegal aliens in our country simply because our court system won't process them. We also have hundreds of thousands of people who have been ordered to leave our country, who then disappear back into the population. I have instructed the Justice Department, and particularly the Immigration and Naturalization Service, to come up with a plan in which we can cooperate with the States to identify these people and move them out as well. Our country was built by immigrants, but it was built also by people who obeyed the law. We must be able to control our borders, we must uphold respect for our laws. We're cracking down on this huge problem we found when I got here, and we're going to keep working at it until we do much, much better. Thanks for listening. Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Map Room at the White House. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 778-784] Monday, May 15, 1995 Volume 31--Number 19 Pages 777-819 Week Ending Friday, May 12, 1995 Remarks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference May 7, 1995 Thank you. If I had really good judgment I would stop now while I'm ahead. [Laughter] You're not supposed to clap for that. [Laughter] Thank you, Steve, for that wonderful introduction and for your leadership. Mr. Prime Minister, Ambassador Rabinovich, the Israeli Minister of Health, Larry Weinberg and Lester Pollack and Neal Sher and members of our administration who are here, Mr. Lake and Ambassador Indyk, Secretary Glickman. I can't help pointing out that we have been a country now for a very long time, and the Jewish people have a special relationship with the soil. Dan Glickman is the first Jewish-American Secretary of Agriculture in the history of the Republic. I'm also delighted to see one of the best friends Israel has in the United States, Senator Frank Lautenberg, out there in the audience. It's good to see you, Senator. I'm delighted to be here tonight among so many familiar faces and to have Steve remind me of that remarkable occasion I had to meet with this group in 1989. I first spoke with an AIPAC group in my home State, in Arkansas, 5 years before that. I thank so many of you here for your support and your counsel. And I am deeply honored to be the first sitting President ever to address this conference. There are many things for which I could express my thanks to AIPAC. I would like to begin by thanking you for having all these students here tonight. I think that's a wonderful--[applause] Thank you. Thank you. I must say, when we came out to such a nice, enthusiastic reception, and the Prime Minister and I were standing here and they started shouting, ``Four more years,'' Steve whispered in my ear. He said, ``Do you think they're talking about you or Prime Minister Rabin? '' [Laughter] And it wasn't so many years ago when we could have voted the students in both places in my home State, but we've changed that now, so you'll have to decide. But I'm glad to have you here. I want to thank you for helping to make the partnership between the United States and Israel what it is today. I want to thank you for
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