NBC6 Miami and AP:
Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean called the immigration bill currently before Congress "insane" because it would require many of the nation's 12 million illegal immigrants to return home before applying for citizenship.Howie P.S.: The photo is from the "Sleepless Summer" rally at Westlake in August, 2003.
Speaking Tuesday as advocates kicked-off rallies, forums and voter drives around the state and country to push for liberalizing the nation's immigration laws, Dean criticized the proposal as unworkable.
"This is a government that can't find a six-foot-four terrorist. How is it going to find 12 million people?" he told a group of more than 100 party supporters at Miami's Parrot Jungle Island. And if all those individuals decided to go home on their own, "imagine what will happen to our economy?" Dean added.
He originally planned to address demonstrators in Miami later Tuesday but at the last-minute canceled his appearance due to scheduling conflicts. He planned to meet privately with rally leaders.