ACCESSION NUMBER:294569 FILE ID:NEA211 DATE:07/13/93 TITLE:RENO CONDEMNS HATE CRIMES, CALLS FOR RETURN TO VALUES (07/13/93) TEXT:*93071311.NEA reno on hate crimes at b'nai b'rith/#mcj yb sa kf *NEA211 07/13/93 * RENO CONDEMNS HATE CRIMES, CALLS FOR RETURN TO VALUES (Attorney General addresses B'nai B'rith) (620) By M. C. Jaspersen USIA Staff Writer Washington -- Unless the American people and people everywhere resolve to fight bigotry, it could destroy the world as we know it, says U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. 1 "Each of us could make a difference in combating bigotry, in combating hate, and each one of us must stand, any time we see it, and speak out against it, and fight against it, or otherwise, we will see this world engulfed in it," Reno warned here July 13. America's highest law enforcement official was addressing the District Five Convention of B'nai B'rith, an organization founded in New York in 1843 to fight anti-semitism and other forms of bigotry. Reno, who as prosecutor in Florida prosecuted hate crime under new U.S. anti-bias laws, said she would like to see more effective hate-crimes laws enacted. But they should not impinge on individual rights, she said. Reno said that the time has also come to take "a hard-nosed look at what works and what doesn't work -- what we can pay for and what we can't pay for." Reno pointed out that while judges and prosecutors can successfully prosecute and sentence a criminal to jail, serious prison overcrowding allows many of these dangerous criminals to be set free, while first-time drug offenders, who receive mandatory sentences, will remain in jail instead of undergoing treatment. "It is imperative," she said, that law officials "work together to make sure that we prioritize the crimes in America, and that the dangerous offender -- the offender who conveys hate, the career criminal" remains incarcerated. Above all, she said, it is time to realize that behavior is shaped before the age of three, "when a child develops a concept of reward and punishment, and develops a conscience." This fact, she added, makes parents invaluable in forming the future of society. It is essential, Reno said, to focus on giving parents the tools and the time they need to raise children to be responsible, caring members of society. "The first thing that we have got to do in America, is make sure that we have parents who are old enough, wise enough, and financially able enough to take care of their children." Society has to focus on the problem of teen pregnancy as well as on developing a workplace that would allow parents "to have quality time that they can spend with their children." Asked about U.S. immigration problems, Reno said there is no simple solution when the nation's borders are not easily controlled. She said it is essential that the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service become an "equal partner" with its Department of State and its foreign intelligence services so that together they can work at stemming illegal immigration at the source. The United States must "deal with other nations in terms of trying to develop some equity, so that people will not seek haven here," she said. "I cannot tell you how important it is that we approach this issue with calmness, with civility towards others," she said. "It is going to be terribly important that we work through this whole problem of immigration in a thoughtful way, (one) that considers others, respects others, but develops laws that can keep the people here that belong here, and quickly, constitutionally, get the people out who don't belong here, and then do everything that's reasonably possible and cost effective to keep them out in the first place." NNNN .