Statement by the President: NACARA (7/27/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                                July
27, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     It is long past time that we correct several injustices in the
immigration system by changing the registry date and amending the
Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).  People who
have been living for many years in the United States and have developed
strong ties to their communities deserve the opportunity to normalize their
immigration status.  There is no reason for Congress to stand in the way of
a reasonable bipartisan bill to increase H1-B visas, invest in our workers,
and correct these longstanding injustices.  Congress should not pass H1-B
or any other immigration legislation this year without ensuring that these
injustices are addressed.  The American people deserve no less.


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