ACCESSION NUMBER:337463 FILE ID:EPF403 DATE:04/07/94 TITLE:DEPUTY AG ON CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, SINGAPORE CASE (04/07/94) TEXT:*94040703.EPF *EPF403 04/07/94 DEPUTY AG ON CHINESE IMMIGRANTS, SINGAPORE CASE (Excerpts: April 7 remarks Jamie Gorelick) (350) Washington -- Jamie Gorelick, the new Deputy U.S. Attorney General responded to questions April 7 on Chinese illegal immigrants and on the Michael Fay caning case in Singapore. Following is an unofficial transcript of East Asia/Pacific excerpts: (begin unofficial transcript) WEEKLY PRESS BRIEFING WITH DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL JAMIE GORELICK DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1994 CHINESE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS Q: There's a story in the news about Chinese illegal immigrants being held ransom. Do you feel there's enough assets and resources being put into law enforcement and other aspects of dealing with this problem? MS. GORELICK: I think this issue is a critical challenge for us. It involves our criminal justice and law enforcement assets, it involves our immigration assets, it involves our intelligence assets. And I think the critical challenge is to make sure that we are coordinated. We have substantial number of assets devoted to issues like that, but we are not always working together as well as we should, and part of my job is to try to improve that situation. SINGAPORE 1: There's been a lot of comment and debate among the media and also the public about this case of Michael Fay in Singapore, an American teenager who's been sentenced to a caning. What's your feeling about this case and about the punishment? MS. GORELICK: I don't really have an educated view on that issue. I listen to the talk shows as I come into work like everybody else, and it's quite interesting to hear the division of views on this issue between people who feel that the Singapore government has it right and that there should be the kind of respect for law and order there is there, to a revulsion against the punishment. And it's an interesting debate to hear among the American people. While it's a fairly extreme case, it's really not unlike the kinds of discussions that you hear among the American people about the issue of crime generally. (end unofficial transcript) NNNN .