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August 10, 2006

Foreign governments, whose citizens violate U.S. immigration law and then commit crimes while in America, should be penalized for refusing to repatriate their citizens, according to Texas Republican Congressman Ted Poe.

A recent Department of Homeland Security audit report shows that as of June 2004 there were over 133,662 illegal aliens who were "unlikely" to ever be repatriated as a result of the "unwillingness" of their home country to provide the necessary travel documentation and arrangements.

A variety of methods have been employed by those countries that work to thwart U.S. immigration policy.  For example:

  • Ethiopia will not issue travel documents for repatriation unless proof can be furnished that shows the illegal alien in the United States had parents who were born in Ethiopia.
  • It is also necessary for illegals to demonstrate that they still have family members residing in Ethiopia at the moment repatriation is sought.
  • Iran requires illegal aliens to "to produce overwhelming documentary evidence of their nationality."

As a result, Poe is pushing for other ways to combat foreign governments' unwillingness to take back their citizens, including:

  • Cutting foreign aid to countries that defy repatriation.
  • Legislation that would make it possible for American citizens to seek compensation in court from foreign governments whose citizens have committed crimes in the United States.
  • Cutting the number of visas given to those who apply legally, including student visas.

Source: Kevin Mooney, "Home Countries of US Illegals Often Refuse Repatriation,", August 10, 2006


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