Monday, November 28, 2005

President Bush on Immigration

The president gave speeches in Arizona and Texas today proposing a new strategy for immigration. President Bush used the mic time to push his new "Dual Immigration Plan":
TUCSON, Ariz. - President Bush said Monday he wants to crack down on those who enter the country illegally but also give out more visas to foreigners with jobs, a dual plan he hopes will appease the social conservatives and business leaders who are his core supporters.

"The American people should not have to choose between a welcoming society and a lawful society," Bush said from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base about an hour from the Mexican border. "We can have both at the same time."
Congress has debated the issue of temporary worker visas, but there is certainly no consensus about whether or not such a policy should be implemented. Instead, the idea has been quite a divisive one.

The president, on the other hand, sees the issue positively. He has said that he does not support amnesty for illegal immigrants, but that he does want to grant workers a way to earn a living doing the jobs that other Americans won't take. Hence he has been pushing his Dual Immigration Plan.

Under Bush's plan, undocumented immigrants would be allowed to get 3 year work visas. The visas could be extended to 6 years, at which point the worker would either have to return to their home country or seek permanent resident status via a green card.

Michelle Malkin live-blogged the speech. Her reactions are here.

Kathryn Lopez offers her take on amnesty over at National Review's The Corner, and she doesn't seem too supportive.