"[GOP] Draft backs 'guest worker' plan"
The WashTimes has excerpts of the draft GOP platform:
The draft's immigration section, titled "Supporting Humane and Legal Immigration," backs the president's case for giving some illegal aliens temporary legal status under a guest-worker program, a position vehemently opposed by immigration-control forces in the party.
"A growing economy requires a growing number of workers, and President Bush has proposed a new temporary workers program to match willing foreign workers with willing U.S. employers, when no Americans can be found to fill the jobs.
"[The Bush/Fox Amnesty] would allow workers who currently hold jobs to come out of the shadows and to participate legally in America's economy..."
The draft language goes on to say that the plan "would allow men and women who enter the program to apply for citizenship in the same manner as those who apply from outside the United States."
The draft repeats [Bush's Orwellian claim that his program isn't an amnesty], saying flatly that the proposal "does not grant amnesty, which we oppose, because it would have the effect of encouraging illegal immigration and would give an unfair advantage to those who have broken our laws."
In addition to scoring big points against Bush's inability to provide border security, Kerry could also score big points about Bush's attempts to allow the world to bid on American jobs. See this post:
"We do envision that [the Bush/Fox guest worker program] would be open to any type of employee and any type of employer, such as nurses, teachers, high-tech workers, low-skilled workers. This is a concept that can apply broadly" [Bush's assistant said]
Can't you just hear Kerry saying, "President Bush wants to put American jobs on eBay and see who can provide the lowest bid..."