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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, May 15, 1995
Volume 31--Number 19
Pages 777-819

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference--778
    Antiterrorism legislation--789
    Radio address--777
        Central Museum for the Great Patriotic War in Moscow--791
        Moscow State University--804
        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 
    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
        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


    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 
    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.


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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- 

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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 
    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 

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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 

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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