Statement by the President: "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act" (10/25/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                          October 25,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     It is long past time that we correct several injustices and provide
fairness in our immigration system by enacting the "Latino and Immigrant
Fairness Act."  This legislation is a straightforward proposal to keep
families together and to make our immigration policies more equitable.
This legislation would help individuals and their families who have been
living for many years in the United States and have developed strong ties
to their communities to adjust their immigration status.  My Administration
has been trying to negotiate with Republicans, but unfortunately, current
Republican proposals would not help most of the immigrants that would get
relief under the "Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act," and would perpetuate
the current patchwork of contradictory and unfair immigration policies.
These injustices should be corrected by Congress before they adjourn this
year.  If these issues are not resolved, I will veto the Commerce, Justice,
State Appropriations.


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