"Norwood targets Bush illegals plan"
...Rep. Charlie Norwood, Georgia Republican and chief sponsor of the Clear Law Enforcement for Alien Removal Act (CLEAR Act), joined with 21 other House Republicans this week in urging President Bush not to grant what they called amnesty to illegal aliens, saying it would be "detrimental to our national and economic security."
...According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 80,000 criminal aliens cannot be found and are living within the United States' borders - including nearly 4,000 of whom have been identified as foreign nationals from countries that support international terrorism.
ICE, because of budgetary restraints, has committed 2,300 agents to find those missing aliens.
Mr. Norwood said ICE needs help in capturing the convicted aliens, who include murderers, rapists, drug dealers and child molesters.
"Sending 2,000 federal agents into the field to find 80,000 criminal aliens is like trying to stop a tidal wave with hand towels. It's a farce, it doesn't work and the outmanned folks at ICE - as the numbers now show us - are simply drowning," Mr. Norwood said.
His bill is pending before the House Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, border security and claims. In addition to 125 bipartisan congressional co-sponsors, the bill has been endorsed by an overwhelming number of national, regional and local law-enforcement organizations, including the National Sheriffs' Association, the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association...