CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 30, 1981
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(Studio) Reagan administration reported announcing new immigration policy; general parameters of policy outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) [Attorney General William French SMITH - notes impossibility of deporting illegal aliens already in US.] Democrat reaction to guest worker proposal between United States and Mexico cited. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - questions government's justification of idea.] [SMITH - comments on nebulousness of situation; explains administration's opposition to national identity card.]
REPORTER: Fred Graham
(Studio) Percentage of illegal aliens in United States from Mexico mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Los Angeles, California) Reaction to President plan for "Luis" examined; his background in United States discussed as example of that faced by other illegal aliens. [LUIS - (thru translator) comments on psychological impact on him and his family.] Opposition to administration's proposal due to aliens paying taxes without being eligible for the benefits cited. [Mexican American Legal Defense Fund spokesperson John HUERTA - thinks policy will create permanent subclass.] No. of illegal Mexicans living in California considered. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Ramona RIPSTON - wonders how one's legality will be determined.] [Mexican American Legal Defense Fund spokesperson Vilma MARTINEZ - cites physical resemblance between illegal aliens and United States citizens of Hispanic descent.] [Employer Gus CHAVEZ - comments.] Luis quoted.
REPORTER: Linda Douglass
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