President Seeks to Curb Illegal Immigration by Raising Employer Fines

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today plan to announce new efforts to curb illegal immigration.

The Bush administration is making the proposals after failing to push through legislation earlier this year.

The Associated Press obtained a summary of the plans.

They include proposals to: raise civil fines on employers who hire undocumented immigrants by as much as 25 percent; overhaul temporary worker programs; speed up deployment of border agents; expand the list of international gangs whose members are automatically denied admission to the U.S.; and reduce processing times for immigrant background checks.