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  • Ted Cruz immigration plan to suspend high-skilled visas, sharply increase deportations

    11/13/2015 3:02:04 PM PST · by Isara · 57 replies
    US News ^ | Nov. 13, 2015 | STEVE PEOPLES and ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    <p>ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Friday vowed to suspend a program that gives work visas to highly skilled immigrants, reversing his position on the program as part of an aggressive immigration plan designed to appeal to the GOP's most conservative wing.</p>
  • Congressman Behind Birthright Citizenship Bill Gives Thumb’s Up to Trump Plan

    08/17/2015 11:30:48 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | Bridget Johnson
    A congressman who introduced legislation earlier this year to nix birthright citizenship praised Donald Trump’s immigration strategy as a “very, very positive document.” “It’s bold, it’s strong, it’s broad. It covers most of the things you want to cover,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told CNN today. King said his birthright citizenship legislation, should it pass, “will be litigated, there isn’t any doubt about it.” The bill has 27 co-sponsors and is sitting in committee. “I think it is constitutionally sound to pass legislation and end birthright citizenship. There aren’t many countries in the world that have that policy,” he added....
  • Security Is Focus of Revised Effort on Immigration

    06/13/2007 10:45:07 PM PDT · by Baladas · 39 replies · 738+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 14, 2007 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, June 13 — The White House and senators from both parties mapped out possible changes in a comprehensive immigration bill on Wednesday, so they could better portray it as a way to bolster national security rather than to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. Senator Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, a member of the small bipartisan group that wrote the bill, said Wednesday that its sponsors hoped to attract more support by passing an emergency supplemental appropriation of $3 billion to $5 billion to pay for the enforcement measures. “President Bush seems receptive to the idea,” Mr. Martinez...
  • Utah Democrat Plans Pro-Bush Immigration Rally

    08/19/2006 6:47:01 PM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 14 replies · 747+ views
    KSL TV 5 ^ | August 19th, 2006
    Utah Democrat Plans Pro-Bush Immigration Rally August 19th, 2006 @ 6:23pm SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Some Utah Democrats -- including Salt Lake City's high-profile Mayor Rocky Anderson -- may have plans to rally against President Bush and his policies when the country's leader comes to the Utah later this month, but not Tony Yapias. Instead the director of Proyecto Latino de Utah and chairman of the Utah Hispanic Democratic Caucus, plans a pro-Bush demonstration in support of the president's policies on immigration. "We're going to focus on what worries us most, and that's immigration," Yapias said. "The president supports...
  • Bush pushes guest worker plan as Republicans duel

    07/05/2006 1:48:43 PM PDT · by markedmannerf · 38 replies · 825+ views
    ABC ^ | July 5 2006
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday vowed to keep working for immigration legislation including a guest worker program, as Republicans held dueling hearings to build support for rival bills. Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter assembled employers and sympathetic politicians to testify in Philadelphia about the country's dependence on the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States. Meanwhile, House Republican leaders convened a public hearing at a Border Patrol station in San Diego to highlight the need for stricter enforcement along the U.S. border with Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants entering the country. Bush took...
  • Bush Signaling Shift in Stance on Immigration (Moving Toward Pence Plan)

    07/04/2006 7:38:49 PM PDT · by nj26 · 287 replies · 4,343+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/5/06 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    On the eve of nationwide hearings that could determine the fate of his immigration bill, President Bush is signaling a new willingness to negotiate with House Republicans in an effort to revise stalled legislation before Election Day. Republicans both inside and outside the White House say Mr. Bush, who has long insisted on comprehensive reform, is now open to a so-called enforcement-first approach that would put new border security programs in place before creating a guest worker program or path to citizenship for people living in the United States illegally. "He thinks that this notion that you can have triggers...
  • Public Warms to Bush Immigration Stance

    06/15/2006 7:13:06 AM PDT · by RKV · 172 replies · 3,281+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 15 June 2006 | John Harwood
    Add this to the list of things that have gone right lately for President Bush: Americans appear to be drawing closer to his view on the immigration debate. But that hasn't alleviated the squeeze on Republican candidates in the fall elections. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that the party's conservative electoral base remains at odds with broader public opinion on the issue, including sentiment of the nation's swelling Latino population.
  • President Discusses Comprehensive Immigration Reform

    06/01/2006 5:47:06 PM PDT · by raybbr · 31 replies · 908+ views
    The White House ^ | June 1, 2006 | Office of the Press Secretary
    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all, please be seated. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you all very much. (Applause.) Thank you all. I told Michael to keep it short -- (laughter) -- and he did. Thanks for having me. Speaking about short, it's a short commute from where I work and live to this place. Thanks for having me, Tom. President George W. Bush delivers remarks Thursday, June 1, 2006, on Comprehensive Immigration Reform during an appearance at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Said the President, "America can be a lawful society and America can be a welcoming society at...
  • The Big Picture: On immigration, conservatives need to give Bush a break

    05/21/2006 5:59:08 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 96 replies · 1,619+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | May 21, 2006 | Jack Kelly
    Medicare and Social Security will become insolvent sooner than estimated earlier, Medicare's trustees said in their annual report, issued May 1. Mexico has a presidential election on July 2. The leading candidates are Felipe Calderon, a conservative, and Andres Lopez Obrador, a leftist who has the backing of Venezuelan thug Hugo Chavez and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. What does this have to do with President Bush's plan for comprehensive immigration reform? Maybe lots. Medicare and Social Security are going broke chiefly because there aren't enough workers paying into the systems to support beneficiaries. Unless millions of new workers can be...
  • Bush Is Smart on the Border - and the G.O.P. Isn't [Joe Klein/TIME insanity]

    05/21/2006 6:20:18 AM PDT · by johnny7 · 80 replies · 1,172+ views
    TIME ^ | May 21, 2006 | Joe Klein
    With their get tough on immigrants stance, Republicans have blown an opportunity to guarantee a GOP majority in perpetuityIn an outdoor press conference held across the street from the Capitol last week, Representative Tom Tancredo—the Colorado Republican who has made a name for himself, momentarily, by bashing illegal immigrants—pretended to be mystified by his more moderate Senate colleagues. "Who are you responding to?" he asked of them. "Nobody," he answered for them. None of the gazillions of citizen-patriots calling his office had expressed anything but dismay over the illegal aliens—a term that makes it sound as if the country were...
  • Retired Border Patrol Chief says Bush plan is good start

    05/17/2006 8:05:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 414+ views
    President Bush says he’ll send the National Guard to the southern border, 24 hours after the announcement the Border Patrol has yet to comment, but News 4 tracked down a former Tucson Sector chief for his opinion of the President’s plan. In a move to reform America ’s current immigration system, President Bush announced the deployment of up to 6,000 National Guard Troops to the U.S. Mexico Border. Bush stated, “The United States is not going to militarize the southern border.” Bush said that the Border Patrol will remain in the lead using support from the troops in roles like...
  • Statement by President Bush on Immigration [12:36 PM, Apr 6 2006]

    04/06/2006 11:12:34 AM PDT · by george wythe · 59 replies · 1,326+ views
    Sun Times ^ | Apr 6 2006
    Charlotte, NCI'm pleased that Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate are working together to get a bipartisan comprehensive energy bill -- let me start over. I'm pleased that Republicans and Democrats in the United States Senate are working together to get a comprehensive immigration bill. I want to thank the efforts of those involved in the process. I appreciate their understanding there needs to be a comprehensive immigration bill. I recognize there are still details to be worked out. I would encourage the members to work hard to get the bill done prior to the upcoming break. Thank...
  • Frist McCain Senate Immigration Plan - We Have Come For Your Culture

    04/06/2006 3:17:14 PM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 52 replies · 1,220+ views ^ | April 6, 2006 | PipeLineNews Staff
    Frist McCain Senate Immigration Plan - We Have Come For Your Culture April 6, 2006 - Washington, DC - - Bowing to pressure exerted by Hispanic rights groups, Senate Majority Leader Guillermo Frist and his sidekick Jose McCain today announced what they described as "un nuevo y muy bueno immigracion" package, making the twelve million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States eligible for citizenship. Presidente Bush welcomed the Senate leadership's intent to sacrifice national sovereignty to preserve the larger goal of inclusiveness and multiculturalism. A White House spokesman speaking on condition on anonymity stated that El Presidente...
  • Bush Urges 'Civil Debate' on Immigration

    03/23/2006 10:19:12 AM PST · by Reagan Man · 186 replies · 1,898+ views ^ | March 23 2006 | Nedra Pickler
    As Congress prepares for a showdown over immigration policy, President Bush urged lawmakers Thursday to have a "civil debate" that respects people of all backgrounds. "Ours is a nation of law and ours is a nation of immigrants, and we believe that we can have rational, important immigration policy that's based upon law and reflects our deep desire to be a compassionate and decent nation," Bush said. He urged a serious debate on the issues at a time when advocates on both sides have been playing to voters' gut emotions. "When we discuss this debate, it must be done in...

    03/15/2006 3:42:45 PM PST · by Marine Inspector · 351 replies · 5,078+ views
    Los Angeles Chronicle ^ | 03/15/2006 | Tony Dolz
    The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has dealt the fatal blow to the controversial concept of Guest Worker Amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens now living in the United States in defiance of our laws. The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds. In a devastating report released today, the GAO charges the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – this is the agency under the Department of Homeland Security that would be in charge of proposed Guest Worker Amnesty – with a failed organizational...
  • Senators Divided Over Guest Worker Program

    03/15/2006 10:36:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 901+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/15/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate committee delegated to come up with immigration reform legislation proceeded at a glacial pace Wednesday, with senators still far apart on such issues as a guest worker program and a policy toward the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally. "We are quite a ways from having a bill," said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., as the panel waded through a host of amendments on how to improve border enforcement. Even with farmers and businesses depending on illegal immigrants to fill low-wage jobs and President Bush in support of a temporary worker program, advocates...
  • Chertoff promotes "Guest Worker Program"

    03/04/2006 1:04:23 PM PST · by Icelander · 118 replies · 1,930+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | Posted on Mar 04 06 | SARA INÉS CALDERÓN
    Homeland Security secretary says security of nation depends on it March 4, 2006 — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Friday stressed the importance of a guest worker program for the security of the nation during a visit to Brownsville. “We are in the midst of a serious discussion about a guest worker program,” Chertoff said Friday at Alice Walker Hope Park, which is on the bank of the Rio Grande with a view of Gateway International Bridge. “Not as amnesty, not a reward, but a constructive mechanism to allow migrants in the U.S. to assume a strong...
  • Senator(Arlen Specter) Introduces Bill Creating Guest Worker Program

    02/24/2006 10:30:50 PM PST · by WildPlum · 26 replies · 1,257+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 25, 2006 | RACHEL L. SWARNS
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 — The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee unveiled draft legislation on Friday that would create a temporary guest worker program that could allow hundreds of thousands of foreigners to fill vacant jobs in the United States for periods of up to six years. The draft circulated by the lawmaker, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, would also authorize millions of illegal immigrants who arrived in this country before Jan. 4, 2004 to remain here indefinitely, along with their spouses and children, as long as they registered with the Department of Homeland Security, paid back taxes and...
  • McCain: Bush Must Do More on Immigration

    02/21/2006 5:50:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 642+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush needs to do more to help push a temporary guest worker program through Congress, Republican Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record), the author of a key immigration bill, said Tuesday. McCain, acknowledging that Bush has stepped up a campaign on behalf of the program, said the president has credibility on the issue because he was governor of Texas, the state with the largest border with Mexico. "Would I want him to do more? From my perspective, probably," McCain said in a conference call with reporters. McCain held the conference call in advance of town hall...
  • Bush, Fox Discuss Mexico Border Security

    02/20/2006 11:43:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 137 replies · 2,157+ views
    Washington Post/AP ^ | February 20, 2006
    MILWAUKEE -- President Bush and President Vicente Fox of Mexico exchanged ideas Monday on how to stop violence and improve security along the two countries' mutual border, the White House said. Press secretary Scott McClellan said that Bush telephoned Fox while traveling here to give a speech and said the pair "talked about working together" to improve conditions that have been a source of friction between the two countries. McClellan told reporters that Bush has designated Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to talk to his counterpart in Mexico about the problem and said that Bush and Fox also talked about...
  • Senate to consider immigration in late March

    02/02/2006 6:38:41 PM PST · by Sharks · 77 replies · 1,090+ views News ^ | Suzanne Gamboa
    WASHINGTON --Majority Leader Bill Frist told a group of key lawmakers involved in immigration legislation the Senate will take up the issue on March 27, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Thursday. "That's when the fireworks begin on the floor," Cornyn said. Cornyn was among the handful of Republican senators who met in Frist's office for the strategy session. Also at the meeting were Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl and Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the Judiciary Committee chairman. Cornyn is optimistic the Senate...
  • State of the Union: President's Immigration Policy Disappoints Americans (Mildly put.)

    02/02/2006 1:50:05 PM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 149 replies · 1,326+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 2/2/2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    Two years ago, Border Patrol agents began to voice what many believed were legitimate concerns about "armed incursions" into the United States from Mexico-based assailants. Now these invasions occur routinely putting federal agents' and law enforcement officers' lives in jeopardy. They reported that heavily armed Mexican army units and federal police, called federales, had infiltrated US territory and fired upon them, in some cases because –- federal agents would later discover –- Mexican drug lords had put prices on the heads of American law-enforcement agents strung out along the border. Where was the outrage by our political leaders and the...
  • Nonprofits fret over proposed immigration bill

    01/27/2006 7:51:55 PM PST · by Dubya · 8 replies · 593+ views
    N C TIMES ^ | January 27, 2006 | WILLIAM FINN BENNETT
    If an immigration reform bill moving through Congress becomes law, nonprofit organizations that help day laborers find work without making sure each client has a legal right to work in the U.S. could be subject to criminal prosecution, jail sentences and fines of up to $50,000. Two North County nonprofit organizations that provide such services to at least some illegal immigrants said Monday that passage of such a law could also lead to increased abuse of illegal immigrants, who would be deprived of the protections they provide their clients by screening and tracking those who hire workers. In phone interviews...
  • Bush says guest workers could not stay

    01/24/2006 4:19:22 PM PST · by Aetius · 111 replies · 1,509+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-24-06 | Stephen Dinan
    Bush says guest workers could not stay By Stephen Dinan THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published January 24, 2006 President Bush yesterday said illegal aliens who take part in his guest-worker program would not be allowed to stay permanently. "I do not believe that any guest-worker program ought to contain amnesty because I believe that, if you granted amnesty to people here working now, that would cause another 8 million people or so to come here," he said in response to a question from the audience at a speech at Kansas State University. Mr. Bush said illegal aliens could join the guest-worker...
  • Guest worker plan: Horns lock on immigration (US Chamber of Commerce chimes in)

    01/22/2006 8:20:27 AM PST · by dennisw · 85 replies · 1,140+ views
    dailybulletin ^ | Ontario, CA, 1/22/2006 | By Mason Stockstill, Staff Writer
    Guest worker plan: Horns lock on immigration By Mason Stockstill, Staff Writer The Republican National Committee closed ranks in favor of the president's guest-worker plan on Friday, solidifying the party's support for an immigration proposal that has stoked contentious debate since it was first introduced. Randy Pullen, an RNC member who opposes the plan, had attempted to force a vote on the issue. Pullen later withdrew his resolution, and the committee voted for a resolution that opposed amnesty for illegal immigrants. The tempest over the resolution -- a nonbinding action that would have no impact on border security legislation pending...
  • Meeting highlights GOP rift over immigration

    01/21/2006 8:16:02 AM PST · by Borax Queen · 77 replies · 1,589+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 01.21.2006 | C.J. Karamargin
    The woman at the podium was angry about U.S. immigration policy. She loudly criticized President Bush, Senate Republicans and business interests, telling a Tucson audience they were working against the kind of solution that most Americans want. "We're going to hold Republicans responsible," she said as the crowd of more than 100 responded with loud applause. Democrats? Immigration rights advocates? Far from it. This was a meeting of Republicans. Few issues divide the GOP like illegal immigration, as this gathering at a Downtown hotel on Friday morning showed. On one side are conservatives like Bay Buchanan, the woman who fired...
  • GOP Backs Bush on Guest-Worker Plan(GOP Blinks)

    01/21/2006 5:42:15 AM PST · by kellynla · 133 replies · 1,918+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    The Republican National Committee voted yesterday to back President Bush's call for a guest-worker program. Meeting a few blocks from the White House at the Capital Hilton, the umbrella organization of the Republican Party adopted a resolution that calls for continued legal immigration, criticizes illegal immigration and endorses a new work program for foreign workers. However, the resolution states there should be "no amnesty for those persons presently in the United States illegally." "The question is not 'Is there an issue?' -- the question is 'How you deal with it?' and I think we have to deal with it in...
  • Coalition vows to defeat harsh immigration bill [HR 4437]

    01/19/2006 5:13:36 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 89 replies · 1,590+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/19/06 | Alan Elsner
    A U.S. coalition of business, labor unions and religious groups launched a campaign on Thursday to defeat a bill backed by Republicans that would turn some 11 million illegal immigrants into felons. [NOTE: I believe that was downgraded to a misdemeanor.] The coalition of 24 organizations, many of which rarely agree on politics or economics, denounced the bill passed by the House of Representatives last month [HR 4437] and called on the Senate to enact legislation to include a guest worker program and a path for illegal aliens to gain legal status. ... "We are extremely disappointed with the proposal...
  • Amnesty Deadline Draws Near

    12/25/2005 10:21:29 PM PST · by NapkinUser · 11 replies · 478+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/25/2005 | Anna Gorman
    Thousands of undocumented immigrants have until Saturday to apply under a 1986 program that may never be repeated. Almost 20 years have passed since Congress approved an amnesty for nearly 3 million immigrants living illegally in the United States, but for perhaps as many as 100,000 undocumented residents, the door is still open. It closes Saturday. With the final deadline approaching, lawyers are reaching out to those immigrants who may still be eligible for green cards under the 1986 amnesty program.
  • Amnesty/Guest-Worker is Immoral

    12/15/2005 5:06:31 AM PST · by jla · 39 replies · 674+ views ^ | Dec. 14, 2005 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Amnesty/Guest-Worker is Immoral by Phyllis Schlafly, Dec. 14, 2005 President George W. Bush, Senators John McCain, Edward Kennedy, and several others are promoting legislation to grant some kind of amnesty/guest-worker status to millions of illegal aliens residing in the United States, as well as to an indefinite number of additional foreign workers. All these bills should be rejected because they are immoral. Inviting foreigners to come to America as guest workers is equivalent to sending the message: You people are only fit to do menial jobs that Americans think they are too good to do. We will let you...
  • U.S. plan for border wall sparks anger in Mexico

    12/23/2005 7:26:39 AM PST · by ma bell · 52 replies · 1,112+ views
    MEXICO CITY - The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, pledged Tuesday to block the plan and organize an international campaign against it. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government has taken out ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. It also is hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image and to counter growing U.S. concerns about immigration. Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed Friday by the House of Representatives,...
  • "Guest Worker' Programs: Open-Ended Slavery

    12/22/2005 6:51:11 PM PST · by WatchYourself · 77 replies · 1,029+ views
    CHJ ^ | Dec. 22, 2005 | Chris Adamo
    In her December 13, 2005 article, nationally syndicated columnist Phyllis Schlafly issues a blanket indictment of “guest worker” and “amnesty” programs being proposed in Washington, bluntly characterizing them as “immoral.” In closing, she quotes Theodore Roosevelt, who when president likened such policy to slavery. Hardly excessive, Schlafly’s contention is inarguably supported by history and fact. If anything, she did not fully elaborate on the dire consequences of any “guest worker” program that the Washington crowd may consider. Recently, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff announced an ostensible policy that elated those Americans who have been increasingly concerned about the invasion of...
  • Businesses oppose immigration plan

    12/23/2005 5:23:41 AM PST · by xzins · 39 replies · 747+ views
    Employers may have to get Uncle Sam's permission to hire future workers. That's the effect of a new requirement in the House's immigration reform bill. Two years after enactment, employers would have to submit the Social Security numbers or alien identification numbers of new hires to the federal government, which would compare these numbers to government databases. The government would then notify the employer whether the individual is eligible to work. The provision is aimed at ending the widespread use of phony Social Security numbers by illegal immigrants looking for work in the United States. Employers currently are required to...
  • Republicans Decry Language On Guest Worker Program Added To Bill

    12/15/2005 7:03:13 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 78 replies · 1,806+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | December 14, 2005 | Dena Bunis
    The last-minute addition of language that expresses congressional support for a guest worker program into the immigration bill headed for the House floor Thursday has a group of Republican members up in arms. For months, House GOP leaders have said they plan to go to the floor with an immigration bill that deals with border security and doesn't include the kind of temporary guest worker program that many Senate Republicans and the White House have been calling for. But early Wednesday, House staffers learned that a one-paragraph section discussing the need for foreign workers to help the U.S. economy was...
  • Whether called amnesty or guest worker, it is still immoral

    12/12/2005 10:14:29 PM PST · by AZ_Cowboy · 29 replies · 590+ views
    TownHall ^ | 12/12/05 | Phyllis Schlafly
    President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and several others are promoting new laws that would grant amnesty or guest-worker status to millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States and to an indefinite number of foreign workers. All these bills should be rejected on moral grounds. Inviting foreigners to come to America as guest workers is like saying: You people are only fit to work the menial jobs that Americans think they are too good to work. We will let you come into the United States for a few years to work low-paid...
  • Bush Plan: Social Security for 'Legalized' Illegal Aliens

    12/08/2005 6:54:56 AM PST · by jackbenimble · 197 replies · 2,488+ views ^ | December 08, 2005 | Jeff Johnson
    ( - Illegal aliens who work under borrowed, stolen or fraudulent Social Security numbers could collect retirement benefits based on their illegal earnings as the result of a Bush administration plan. Critics charge the federal government has grossly underestimated the cost of the proposal, which they believe could run be billions of dollars per year. Congress is expected to vote on some combination of proposed changes to immigration laws as early as next week, according to sources working with the House Homeland Security and Judiciary committees. While members have not been able to reach agreement on the details of a...

    12/07/2005 9:39:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 589+ views ^ | 12/06/2005 03:06 AM | By Anne C. Mulkern
    GOP FORMS STRATEGY TO OK GUEST WORKERS: In a bid to bypass critics, the Senate will pass the plan and then merge it with a House bill, observers say. By Anne C. Mulkern Denver Post Staff Writer Washington - Republican leaders will try to pass President Bush's controversial guest-worker proposal without putting it to a direct vote in the House. Observers say the new GOP strategy that begins today is for the House to deal only with the more politically palatable issue of increasing border security and clamping down on employers. Republican leaders then will let the Senate pass...
  • Poll: Bush Immigration Stance Unpopular

    12/07/2005 1:47:44 PM PST · by SC33 · 138 replies · 1,563+ views
    Newswatch 50 WWTI ^ | December 6, 2005 | UPI
    While most people asked say immigration is good for the United States, a Gallup Poll indicates displeasure with President Bush's handling of the issue.
  • Bush’s tough talk on immigration misses the point

    12/05/2005 8:27:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 27 replies · 646+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Dec. 04, 2005 | RICH LOWRY
    Employment enforcement must occur before reform efforts The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan called it “boob bait for bubba” — tough-sounding rhetoric designed to placate conservative voters. Moynihan applied the phrase to Bill Clinton’s 1992 pledge to “end welfare as we know it,” which it later became clear that he had no intention of following through on when he became president, although eventually, Republicans pressured him into it. President Bush is offering his own “boob bait” in the form of speechifying at the border about a crackdown on illegal immigration. It’s not that Bush doesn’t intend to hire more border...
  • Indiana Gov. Daniels backs Bush guest worker proposal

    12/04/2005 4:11:33 PM PST · by Crackingham · 25 replies · 890+ views
    AP ^ | 12/4/5
    President Bush's proposal for a guest worker program as a way of addressing illegal immigration is gaining support from Gov. Mitch Daniels, but doubts from officials with agencies that work with northwestern Indiana's growing immigrant population. Bush's desire for a guest worker program has been stalled in Congress since he proposed it while running for re-election, although at least two competing bills would establish temporary worker visas. He made immigration the subject of his weekly radio address Saturday and addressed the issue during appearances in Arizona and Texas last week, saying it will top his legislative agenda next year. "These...
  • Pump Up the Volume: Finally the "nonpolitical" White House gets wise

    12/03/2005 6:17:25 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 60 replies · 1,884+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/12/05 | Fred Barnes
    WE NOW KNOW WHAT WAS behind President Bush's mysterious refusal for so many months to respond to Democratic attacks on his Iraq policy--a refusal that came at great political cost to himself and to the American effort in Iraq. It wasn't that Bush was too focused on Social Security reform to bother. Nor did he believe Iraq was a drag on his presidency and should be downplayed. Rather, Bush had made a conscious decision after his reelection to be "nonpolitical" on the subject of Iraq. It is a decision he now regrets. And has reversed. Here's how a senior White...
  • Bush Presses Congress on Immigration Plan

    12/03/2005 9:06:48 AM PST · by ncountylee · 176 replies · 1,839+ views
    AP ^ | 12/03/05 | DEB RIECHMANN
    WASHINGTON - President Bush is stepping up pressure on Congress to embrace his plan for a guest worker plan for foreigners while talking tough about illegal immigration and a need for secure U.S. borders. "Those who enter the country illegally break the law," Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. "In communities near our border, illegal immigration strains the resources of schools, hospitals and law enforcement. And it involves smugglers and gangs that bring crime to our neighborhoods. Faced with this serious challenge our government's responsibility is clear. We're going to protect our borders." This week, the president made...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 12-03-05

    12/03/2005 9:02:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 549+ views ^ | 12-03-05 | George W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseDecember 3, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Earlier this week I visited Arizona and Texas to observe firsthand our efforts to protect our southwest border. And I met with customs and border protection agents who are working tirelessly to enforce our laws and keep our borders secure. Illegal immigration and border security are issues that concern Americans. We're a nation built on the rule of law, and those who enter the country illegally break the law. In communities near our border illegal immigration strains the resources of schools, hospitals, and law enforcement....
  • DHS: Guest Worker Program Would Help Border Agencies

    12/02/2005 5:35:34 AM PST · by Reaganwuzthebest · 73 replies · 1,079+ views ^ | December 1, 2005 | Chris Strohm
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday that a temporary worker program for migrants who want jobs in the United States and stronger sanctions against employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers are critical to improved border security. Chertoff said the government has "no other choice" but to develop a legal channel that will match willing migrants with U.S. employers in order to relieve the strain on the Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau. House Republicans in particular are bitterly divided on whether border security reforms should include a temporary worker program. "If we don't have a temporary...
  • Driving Democrats off the cliff

    12/02/2005 4:39:27 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 70 replies · 2,097+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Dec. 2, 2005 | Wes Pruden
    George W. Bush has had a good week. Just how good it turns out to be depends on how good he wants it to be. He started the week on the border in the West, at last addressing the domestic subject most on the minds of everyone else. He talked semi-tough on immigration, promising, finally, to take seriously the bleeding border with Mexico. Then he lapsed into his familiar rhapsody about the amnesty that he won't call an amnesty. But his speech to the Class of '06 at the U.S. Naval Academy about what must be done in Iraq was...
  • Why Bush's border scheme won't work

    12/02/2005 1:43:17 PM PST · by SC33 · 20 replies · 683+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | December 1, 2005 | Clarence Page
    WASHINGTON -- On the day before President Bush launched his new border security/guest worker proposal, he was almost upstaged by a timely and telling U.S. Border Patrol complaint: The labels on their uniforms read "Made in Mexico."
  • The fractious politics of immigration

    12/01/2005 1:49:24 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 26 replies · 580+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 01, 2005 | Linda Feldmann
    The issue splits both parties, forcing Bush to build an unusual coalition in push for reform plan. WASHINGTON - When George W. Bush spoke out for immigration reform early this week, he probably knew he was reaching into a hornet's nest. But by all accounts, this incendiary issue lies near the president's heart - going back to his days as governor of a border state, Texas - and thus it remains a focus of his second term, even as some analysts pronounce his effort moribund. Political observers also declare his Social Security plan dead, but with immigration there's a key...
  • Little Consensus on Immigration Policy

    12/01/2005 12:31:48 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 20 replies · 393+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/1/05 | JIM ABRAMS
    WASHINGTON - From building a fence to keep them out to passing a law to help them stay, members of Congress have lots of ideas on how to respond to President Bush's challenge to take on the problem of illegal immigrants. There's a will to act but so far not much consensus. The first stab at the problem could come in the next two weeks, when the House may vote on legislation to strengthen border security. That's the easiest of the three legs of immigration reform. The others, enforcing workplace hiring rules and setting up a guest-worker program that might...
  • Hayworth slams Bush border plan as amnesty for illegals

    11/30/2005 4:01:54 PM PST · by GarySpFc · 184 replies · 2,169+ views ^ | 11/30/2005 | HOWARD FISCHER
    PHOENIX -- The president's plan for an expanded guest worker program is really amnesty for those who broke the law by coming here illegally, Congressman J.D. Hayworth said Tuesday. Hayworth criticized the call Monday by President Bush to make a new guest worker program part of any plan to deal with the problems of illegal border crossers. The six-term Republican congressman said new programs should not even be considered until the border is secure. Bush wants not only to expand existing programs but also to allow those here illegally to remain for up to six years if they already are...
  • Bush pushes guest worker programme

    11/30/2005 6:14:28 AM PST · by indcons · 20 replies · 606+ views
    Financial Express ^ | Wednesday, November 30, 2005 | PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
    WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 30: Amid opposition from his republican party to any programme that will 'regularise' millions of illegal aliens, President George W Bush has advocated his temporary guest worker programme while also favouring a hardened border with Mexico. The President's tight ropewalk on a touchy political issue came as 75 per cent of Americans in one poll opined that the government was not doing enough to protect the borders. at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, yesterday, Bush portrayed his proposed temporary worker programme as a way to relieve pressure on enforcement by bringing illegal immigrants "out of the...