LAWMAKERS October 22, 1981 - Illegal Immigration
09:06:50 - 09:07:55
Malcolm Lovell, United States Deputy Secretary of Labor, announcing Reagan administration intent to stop illegal immigration. The Reagan administration is determined to regain control of our borders and to work closely with the Congress to enact into law an immigration reform program that is fair, effective and humane. The cornerstone of the proposal to curtail illegal immigration is legislation prohibiting employers of 4 or more employees from knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
Senator Alan Simpson (R - Wyoming), arguing for border patrols and deportation. Other critics of employer s sanctions claim that simply the increased border and interior enforcement would be adequate to control illegal immigration.
Malcolm Lovell, United States Deputy Secretary of Labor, says that there is no way to physically bar illegal immigration. It just seems to me that you would need two or three Berlin Walls around the whole country to deal effectively with the problem if you deal only at the borders.
Doris Meissner, acting INS Commissioner, argues for "border and interior" enforcement. Our view is that one needs strong border enforcement and one needs strong interior enforcement. And the tools that we have available to us at the present time to bring about a strong interior enforcement program are simply not sufficient.