Statement by Assistant to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on Immigration Amnesty
over a year ago the President signed into law the most sweeping immigration
reform in more than three decades. Among the provisions of the new law was a
generous legalization or amnesty provision that allows persons who are
unlawfully in the
In general, they must have lived here continuously with only brief absences since prior to 1982, and they must have been contributing members of our society and free from serious criminal violations of our laws. More than 1\1/4\ million persons have already come forward to accept this one-time amnesty provision in the immigration laws. They are made up of nearly every nationality. By their actions in this country over the past 6 years, they have demonstrated that they deserve the privilege of remaining here in a fully legal status without having to live in an underground society and fearing discovery of their unlawful existence in this great nation. Like other immigrants who have come through normal, lawful channels, they have shown a great willingness to work and contribute to our nation while sharing in our economic well being.
the time to apply for citizenship under this amnesty provision will end on