July 25, 1984

Ms. Roselyn M. Johnston
[personal information removed]

Dear Ms. Johnston:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your recent letter in which you explained the predicament your grandson has found himself in.

Unfortunately, the situation you described occurs all too often in our country To deal with this situation the Congress is now grappling with an immigration reform bill which is designed to stem the tide of undocumented workers.

As you may know, the House of Representatives recently passed the Simpson-Mazzoli Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1983. This bill provides for sanctions against employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers, a provision which would deal with your grandson's situation.

The Senate has already passed an immigration reform bill. However, there are some differences between the Senate and the House bills. The difference between the two bills must be resolved before the bill can be sent to the President for approval. Senate and House conferees will be meeting in the near future to try and resolve all differences in the two bills.

In the interim, I will continue to work for an effective and fair immigration reform and control bill.

With best regards, I am,

Augustus F. Hawkins
Member of Congress