CNN.com – Bush calls for changes on illegal workers – Jan. 7, 2004
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Saying the United States needs an immigration system “that serves the American economy and reflects the American dream,” President Bush Wednesday outlined an plan to revamp the nation’s immigration laws and allow some eight million illegal immigrants to obtain legal status as temporary workers.
Perhaps if they had legally applied for visas in the first place, they would not be illegal aliens. Notice also that he is not calling them aliens now, but illegal immigrants
“Over the generations, we have received energetic, ambitious optimistic people from every part of the world. By tradition and conviction, our country is a welcoming society,” he said. “Every generation of immigrants has reaffirmed the wisdom of remaining open to the talents and dreams of the world.”
On this I agree. Our nation would not be what it is today without the millions of immigrants to this country.
“As a nation that values immigration and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud,” he said. “Yet, today, we do not.”
Perhaps that is so, but we need to follow our current laws until they are changed. Grandfathering in thousands of people, many of whom cannot even speak english, much less pass the citiizenship test is not the way to go about it. We have thousands of non-violent drug offenders in our prisons. Our government will not realease them, but will welcome illegal aliens with open arms?
Bush said the reform confronts “a basic fact of life and economics — some of the jobs being generated in America’s growing economy are jobs American citizens are not filling.”
Then perhaps all of the six million unemployed need to take a good hard look, get off of welfare and unemployment and get a fucking job. ANY job is better than no job at all.