Bush Stresses Immigration Reform in Recent Speech
President George W. Bush has relaunched his push for a sweeping overhaul of immigration laws in a recent speech in Arizona. According to a HispanicBusiness.com article, the president wants to see the following included in an immigration bill: more border security; better enforcement of immigration laws, especially laws against the hiring of undocumented workers, and a temporary-worker program to address labor shortages.
Experts waver on whether this bill will actually become law due to the resistance U.S. House of Representatives. Regardless of the support the president has in the Senate, the bill will require some support from the House before it can become law. According to the article, the president will have to produce at least 70 Republican votes before the House Speaker can consider a vote on comprehensive immigration legislation, a task that might be difficult to obtain.
The new proposals will suggest that illegal alien workers apply for three-year work visas, renewable indefinitely at a cost of $3,500 each time. As posted in the article, in order to obtain a green card that would make them legal permanent residents, they would have to return to their home countries, apply for re-entry at a U.S. embassy or consulate and pay a fine of 10,000 dollars.
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