Bush said he expects Congress this year to adopt one of his key legislative priorities, an immigration bill that permits "guest workers" and tightens border security, particularly along the U.S. boundary with Mexico...Actually, there's broad agreement that Bush is not doing his job. There's absolutely nothing stopping him from having enacted his border security initiative at any time in the past five years. Perhaps one day some brave reporter will actually call him on his BS, but don't expect that to happen any time soon.
On immigration reform, the president said he hopes to resolve differences with members of the Senate who are pushing for a more lenient law for illegal immigrants seeking work in the United States.
"This should not be an amnesty program," he said.
Bush's plan would provide temporary visas to guest workers. They would have to leave afterward, and program participants would get no special consideration when they apply for legal residence.
"It's very important for the American people to know immigration reform will be done with a border security initiative that makes it clear to the people that we will do everything we can to stop illegal people from coming into our country," Bush said.
He said a well-run guest worker program would help border security by taking pressure off the Border Patrol. If those who wish to enter the country to work can do so legally, he reasoned, fewer will try to infiltrate the border secretly.
Flush from the series of legislative successes last week, the president expressed confidence that he can cut through strong, opposing political feelings on immigration and come out with a bill.
"I think there is broad agreement that the system is not working," Bush said. "It's a very important issue and it's an issue that we've got to get right."
Immigration2005b · Mon, 08/08/2005 - 12:52 · Importance: 1