Bush said the nation must move immediately to stanch the flow of illegal immigrants from its southern border by sending in the National Guard to free up U.S. Border Patrol agents in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.
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He also called on Congress to end the U.S. practice of releasing into the country tens of thousands of people caught illegally crossing the southern border because officials lack the jail space or legal authority to detain them or send them home. He said every foreign worker should be required to hold a high-tech, tamper-proof identification card so U.S. companies could determine whether their employees are legal. For the first time in a public forum, Bush endorsed new procedures that would give illegal immigrants who have lived here for an extended time preferred status in obtaining citizenship. To qualify, workers would have to pay a fine and back taxes and would have to learn English and meet other requirements, he said.
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The president's focus on border control last night was aimed at mollifying conservative Republican lawmakers and disgruntled voters, who have accused him of paying insufficient attention to tightening the border and enforcing immigration laws.
This is complete and total crap. And, it's not urgent. Not so urgent that it needed to be broadcast tonight. I mean, unless it's news of his resignation, the end of the war in Iraq or, god forbid, the announcement of some terrorist attack, I would rather that Twenty-Four run at its regularly scheduled time. Thankfully, it didn't intefere with Grey's Anatomy. Now I've got to go finish watching it on the DVR.
Update: Others apparently agreed: "Who cares about immigration?!?! Greys Anatomy is on tonight! Stupid immigration."