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 8              ADDRESS TO "A SUMMIT ON CRIME - COMING 
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10                U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO 
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18    June 30, 1997 
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 1    June 30, 1997                      9:30 a.m. 
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 3            JANET RENO:  Thank you, Senator Hatch, and 
 4    Senator Bennett, Congressman Hansen, Governor 
 5    Leavitt, Attorney General Jan Graham, and Mayor 
 6    Corradini, Chief Ortega.  To all of you who are 
 7    here, I've had a chance to meet some of you, and I 
 8    am so impressed at the great cross-section of 
 9    people from different disciplines from all over 
10    Utah's small towns and large cities.  I'm excited 
11    about this opportunity today and I just appreciate 
12    your spending time with us.  I'm particularly 
13    appreciative of the presence of just citizens who 
14    care and who spend their time trying to improve 
15    circumstances for their fellow human beings.  I 
16    thank you all for making me feel so welcome in 
17    these last 24 hours. 
18            This is my third trip to Utah.  Each of 
19    them has been too short.  I've gotten to know this 
20    beautiful valley just a little bit and a lot of its 
21    history now, but I look forward to coming back 
22    sometime with time to spare and time to go into the 
23    mountains and see the great beauty of this 
24    magnificent state. 
25            Senator Hatch, I thank you so much for this 
 
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 1    invitation and for all that you and your staff have 
 2    done to create this wonderful opportunity of this 
 3    summit.  I know there is considerable work that 
 4    goes into it and just I appreciate it. 
 5            Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity 
 6    to attend with Senator and Mrs. Hatch the Freedom 
 7    Festival's Patriotic Service, and when you speak of 
 8    freedom, it was spoken yesterday afternoon in the 
 9    most glorious in most eloquent music and words and 
10    it was just a privilege to attend. 
11            But as you have made me feel welcome in 
12    this very beautiful valley, you also made me feel 
13    welcome in Washington in February of 1993 when I 
14    arrived at your doorstep rather unexpectedly for my 
15    first courtesy visit pending confirmation.  At that 
16    time and since then you have always made me feel 
17    welcome at your office.  You have been so 
18    thoughtful and caring in your support and in your 
19    disagreements sometimes.  It has been to me a 
20    classic example of how government should be 
21    conducted in a bipartisan thoughtful, caring, 
22    respectful way, and I just will always be 
23    personally indebted to you. 
24            I thank you for your leadership of the 
25    Judiciary Committee.  The oversight of the 
 
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 1    Department of Justice is not a very small task.  It 
 2    is a big department with vast responsibilities, and 
 3    you know that department, and your leadership has 
 4    been so magnificent in that effort, and I just 
 5    appreciate that.  And other on other issues as 
 6    well, such as the Quest for Religious Freedom, 
 7    you've been a leader, and I thank you. 
 8            Governor, I know exactly how you feel. 
 9    Back in 1980 I was a prosecutor in Miami and the 
10    feds came to town.  Now, I hope the feds came to 
11    town different than they -- than they do today, 
12    because they came telling us what to do.  And I 
13    looked at them and I thought, "Well, I understand 
14    Dade County's resources and its needs better than 
15    the feds do, what are they doing here telling me 
16    what to do?  Why don't they ask me?"  And so I came 
17    to Washington committed to trying to do everything 
18    I could to build a partnership between the federal 
19    government and state and local law enforcement, to 
20    recognize what I knew full well from my own 
21    experience, the fact that local law enforcement is 
22    on the frontline in protecting America, that they 
23    are there on the streets day and night doing so 
24    much for so many across this land.  I came, then, 
25    to deciding to build a partnership, and I reached 
 
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 1    out to state and local law enforcement.  Tom 
 2    Constantine, Eddie Gonzales both come from that 
 3    world, they both understand how important it is, 
 4    and I'm just so pleased that they are here today 
 5    with me. 
 6            One of my first visits was in June of 1993 
 7    when I came to see the Weed and Seed program, and 
 8    she -- you and the Mayor took me out, showed me 
 9    what was there.  I asked you then, "Let me know how 
10    we can be a better partner."  And it was very 
11    gratifying to me to hear from Chief Ortega that 
12    we -- that he hasn't seen such a good working 
13    relationship in I guess a very long time, and we 
14    want to make sure that that continues.  What we 
15    would like is, as the governor and the senator has 
16    said, to build on that partnership and to find out 
17    today and to hear from you all today what we can do 
18    to be more effective, to be more supportive, to be 
19    a better partner, to address the issues of -- that 
20    we are all concerned with. 
21            I have now had the opportunity to visit a 
22    number of communities across this nation, and when 
23    we form these partnerships we can see direct 
24    results.  There's been a tendency over the last 10 
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 1    say, "The problem is too big, we can't do anything 
 2    about it."  But we are seeing the results 
 3    nationally and we can see the results here in Utah 
 4    if we build and work together.  And I am hear to 
 5    listen to you today to determine what we can do to 
 6    be more effective in this effort. 
 7            But I don't want to just listen.  I go 
 8    to -- back to Washington with a get-back list.  And 
 9    everyone groans when I arrive in Washington with my 
10    get-back list, but I've already started my Utah 
11    get-back list to make sure we follow up.  And I've 
12    asked Scott Matheson the U.S. Attorney and the 
13    other key federal officials here in Utah to reach 
14    out to state and local law enforcement on a 
15    continuing and on-going basis, to convene, if 
16    appropriate, but to be a partner, not in the sense 
17    of us telling you what to do but how we can work 
18    together to address and to combat drug and violent 
19    crime, especially that involving criminal aliens. 
20            To make sure we follow up with action, I, 
21    in talking with Senator Hatch, urged that we 
22    increase the number of federal criminal prosecutors 
23    here in Utah by more than ten percent, and we will 
24    be detailing lawyers from main justice in 
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 1    Director Louis Freeh has agreed to assign five 
 2    additional special agents in Utah who will work on 
 3    drug cases, and DEA Administrator Constantine will 
 4    assign a third supervisor to the DEA office here so 
 5    that we can deploy an additional enforcement group 
 6    that I think can have a real impact. 
 7            Now, I think you've seen the METS team in 
 8    action before here in Utah.  And that means, for 
 9    those that don't understand all this -- these 
10    Washington terms and initials; I'm still learning 
11    -- that -- that's the Mobile Enforcement Team. 
12    It's a team that comes in to support local law 
13    enforcement, not to get the credit, not to claim 
14    the turf, but to provide information, to share 
15    information, to work with state and local law 
16    enforcement in an effective way.  They've been here 
17    before, they are ready to come back, and I think 
18    they will be very supportive in this increasing 
19    partnership. 
20            I know that this new initiative will place 
21    some demands on state and local police.  That 
22    doesn't come free, and we've identified 
23    approximately $35,000 in funding to cover part of 
24    the overtime, but we will work with you in every 
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 1            I know that drugs oftentimes come from 
 2    methamphetamine organizations with their roots in 
 3    Mexico, and as they cross their border to our 
 4    border and as they work their way through this 
 5    country they're coming up your interstate 
 6    highways.  We will shortly conclude a Memorandum of 
 7    Understanding with Utah -- Utah Highway Patrol 
 8    whereby 39 officers will be cross-designated so 
 9    they can enforce federal drug laws and have access 
10    to important federal databases such at the El Paso 
11    Information Center which is known as EPIC. 
12            We have provided substantial funding to 
13    Utah, as Senator Hatch has pointed out, over these 
14    last several years, but I want to make sure that 
15    we're working with you to use our efforts to 
16    support your use of those funds in the wisest way 
17    possible. 
18            Since 1994 we tripled grants from our 
19    office of Justice programs from $5 million a year 
20    to over $15 million.  In addition, as Senator Hatch 
21    has pointed out, and through his leadership and 
22    Senator Bennett's and so many people who've been 
23    involved in this effort, there has been significant 
24    funding through Violence Against Women grants, 
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 1    records.  We want to work with you to try to design 
 2    these programs so that they meet your needs. 
 3            In addition, we've awarded over $27.5 
 4    million to Utah under the Community Oriented 
 5    Police -- Policing Services, or COPS program, 
 6    enough money to hire or deploy 438 officers.  That 
 7    includes almost $1 million in specialized funding 
 8    for Domestic Violence and Problem Solving grants. 
 9            Now, Governor, the same thing happened 
10    in 1980, only it was a lot worse in Miami than it 
11    is here, in terms of the problems of illegal 
12    immigration and mass migrations, and it is 
13    important that we work together.  Doris Meissner 
14    has done a wonderful job in trying to build an 
15    agency that meets extraordinary demands.  It had 
16    very little to start with and it has faced 
17    increasing challenges in these last four years.  As 
18    you point out, we have more than doubled our INS 
19    presence here from nine to 23 in this past year, 
20    and three more agents will arrive in September. 
21            But how can we work together to make sure 
22    that federal officials cooperate amongst themselves 
23    to use these resources as wisely as possible, and 
24    then how can we work with state and local law 
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 1    emigration laws the right way, with proper respect 
 2    for legal immigration and with due process and 
 3    respect for human dignity in our enforcement of 
 4    illegal immigration?  To that end I will authorize 
 5    federal deputization for state, county, and local 
 6    officers working on cases generated by our new 
 7    initiative, and for the first time we're going to 
 8    establish a pilot project here in Utah to authorize 
 9    state, county, and local law enforcement to enforce 
10    the immigration laws.  Accomplishing this means 
11    issuing regulations, and the law gives the public 
12    the chance to comment on proposed regulations. 
13            I've discovered, Mayor, it takes longer to 
14    get things done in Washington than it does to get 
15    things done sometimes in Salt Lake City, but we're 
16    going to make sure we get these regulations out as 
17    fast as possible, consistent with your 
18    opportunities to comments upon them. 
19            But then the big question is -- and the 
20    same thing happened in Miami -- where do we put 
21    these people if this initiative works as well as we 
22    all contemplate that it will work?  Today I'm very 
23    pleased to make four announcements:  First, I'm 
24    well aware of there is a detention space problem 
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 1    criminals and illegal aliens who are awaiting 
 2    deportation.  Without that space there's a serious 
 3    limit to the amount of enforcement activity which 
 4    we can accomplish.  We are going to increase by 56 
 5    percent the number of federal jail beds here in 
 6    Utah.  Moreover, I also want to make sure that 
 7    we're not just relying on your goodwill.  I want to 
 8    make sure that we're guaranteeing that there are 
 9    always some beds available to us.  I will work with 
10    Senators Hatch and Bennett to secure congressional 
11    funding for at least a 200 percent increase of the 
12    number of jail beds here in Utah, where the federal 
13    government guarantees payment for the space whether 
14    it's used or not. 
15            The west needs more prison space for 
16    sentenced federal prisoners.  We know that we need 
17    the money to build a penitentiary for maximum 
18    security prisoners.  Senators Hatch and Bennett, I 
19    want to work with you in every way that's right and 
20    proper to study possible sites for that 
21    penitentiary and to explore those possibilities. 
22            One of the things that I discover as 
23    Attorney General -- the same was true in Miami -- 
24    you sometimes had services and you sometimes had 
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 1    programs was difficult because of transportation 
 2    issues.  We need to address the issue of 
 3    transportation so that we can increase the number 
 4    of illegal aliens removed from this area, and I 
 5    have directed and I think Commissioner Meissner is 
 6    in the process of implementing some additional vans 
 7    that will provide for the removal of inmates so 
 8    that we can have additional spaces.  I've asked 
 9    U.S. Marshall Service Director Gonzalez to increase 
10    from one flight every two weeks to one flight every 
11    week the marshal's air service out of Salt Lake 
12    City for aliens ready to be repatriated to Mexico. 
13    This will virtually double the effective bed space 
14    because we'll be moving people out at twice the 
15    speed. 
16            And I look forward to hearing from you 
17    today as to what we can do to be more effective 
18    with the resources we have.  I constantly learn 
19    when I come to communities. 
20            But, Governor, you've touched on something 
21    dear to my heart.  The first time I met Lieutenant 
22    Governor Walker was in the Everglades, and I didn't 
23    expect to see the Lieutenant Governor from Utah in 
24    the Florida Everglades, but there she was, to learn 
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 1    office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 
 2    Prevention to develop an effective effort for young 
 3    serious delinquents.  And it is so rewarding to 
 4    have the chance to talk with her today. 
 5            But what you touch upon is the need to 
 6    recognize that our children are wonderful, 
 7    wonderful little beings.  If given half a chance 
 8    they can grow in strong, constructive, positive 
 9    ways.  We have worked with you through the Weed and 
10    Seed program and through the Comprehensive 
11    Communities Program, and it was so rewarding this 
12    morning to hear people comment on how successful 
13    that program has been, not to tell you what to do 
14    but to see how this government -- the federal 
15    government can work with local government to fill 
16    in places to meet needs, to do it the right way 
17    according to what you need in your communities.  We 
18    want to work with you in building on that effort, 
19    and I look forward to hearing from today from the 
20    educators that I've had a chance to meet, the 
21    clergy and local officials, as to how we can be a 
22    better partner in giving our young people a chance 
23    to grow in a strong and positive way. 
24            As the prosecutor in Miami I'd pick up a 
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 1    along the line where we could have intervened to 
 2    have made a difference in that child's life.  With 
 3    the feeling and the commitment in this room, with 
 4    your remarks, Governor, with everything coming 
 5    together in just such an effective summit, I think 
 6    we can hear ways that the government can respond 
 7    even more effectively in supporting your efforts to 
 8    give our children a future. 
 9            This is exciting.  I worried when I came to 
10    Washington that I would lose my sense of community, 
11    that I would get enveloped by the beltway and never 
12    get out.  But from that meeting in June of 1993 
13    when I came out to Salt Lake City and saw what you 
14    were doing in terms of community and now from so 
15    many other opportunities I have had, and this one 
16    being one of the most special, I know I will never 
17    lose my sense of community but I will just gain a 
18    greater appreciation for the Salt Lake City's -- or 
19    your newest city, I guess, Taylorsville, and I 
20    guess other cities across this country and states 
21    and rural areas that are making a difference 
22    because people care. 
23            Thank you for caring.  (Applause) 
24            ORRIN HATCH:  Well, I can't tell you how 
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 1    the governors, and I -- it was -- it is truly 
 2    wonderful to have you in that position responsive 
 3    to our needs and  -- and responding to our needs as 
 4    much as you can today.  But it's only the 
 5    beginning.  We are going to make sure we do even 
 6    more. 
 7            I want to, again, express our appreciation 
 8    as Utahns to Janet Reno for her responsiveness to 
 9    these needs.  We will explore these enhancements 
10    that she's mentioned today in greater detail during 
11    the -- during the federal perspective that we'll be 
12    discussing here. 
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