WASHINGTON — Rep. Elton Gallegly, the chairman of a new congressional task force on immigration reform, selected 17 colleagues Tuesday--including Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson--to join him in strengthening the nation's immigration laws.
The Congressional Task Force on Immigration Reform will be "a no-nonsense, no-frills, straightforward attempt to address a problem that has been ignored for too long," said Gallegly, who was chosen in December by House Speaker Newt Gingrich to head the effort.
The task force will hold an organizational meeting next week and will attempt to draft legislation for consideration by the House later this year.
Gallegly, a Republican from Simi Valley, intends to hold two or three hearings in border states in the coming months and work with Gov. Pete Wilson and other officials concerned about the issue. The task force will focus on controlling the border, ending incentives that draw illegal immigrants to the country and devising strategies for returning illegal immigrants to their homes, Gallegly said.