In the summer of 2003, Representative Charles Norwood (GA) first introduced the controversial house bill titled the Clear Law Enforcement for Criminal Alien Removal Act (hereinafter "the CLEAR Act").' Though the original Act expired with the 108th Congress, Representative Norwood reintroduced the bill in the summer of 2005. The CLEAR Act was designed to address "the growing U.S. criminal alien crisis." In particular, the Act focuses on perceived inadequacies in the current system of enforcing immigration laws. It seeks to improve immigration enforcement by incorporating the help of state and local police in applying stricter penalties to those who violate immigration laws.

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