Sun, Dec 22, 2002 - Page 3 News List

TSU calls for new body to deal with immigration woes

CNA , TAIPEI

The TSU will propose that the government set up an immigration administration to manage what it called the problems "caused by increasing numbers of immigrants," a TSU lawmaker said yesterday.

The proposal followed recent remarks by Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), who said that Taiwan might have to prepare for increasing numbers of immigrants from other parts of the world who marry Taiwanese people, invest, conduct research or study here.

Tsai expressed the hope that China, whose economy is developing, can export capital, technology and talent to Taiwan -- as well as allow tourists to cross the Strait -- to reach a balance in exchanges between the two sides, which could reduce fears in Taiwan that cross-strait exchanges might result in the "hollowing out" of local industry.

To prepare for this situation, Tsai added, Taiwan should put in place an institutionalized immigration policy to resolve problems resulting from immigration.

Liao Ben-yan (廖本煙), the TSU legislative caucus leader, said his party will suggest that the government elevate the Ministry of the Interior's Bureau of Immigration to an Immigration Administration and will press for a bill that would allow officials to have more judicial power in dealing with problems caused by immigration.

Liao said the party will study the immigration policies and immigrant control measures of other countries to back its proposal.

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