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9:33 PST and no immigration thread. What is going on?(6 posts)

9:33 PST and no immigration thread. What is going on?kilimanjaro
Jan 8, 2004 10:01 AM
What is going on here.

I was somewhat surprised by the passionate objections made by the conservative radio talk shows on the drive home last night, not that they don't have some legitimate concerns.

I don't understand their logic. Under the President's proposal we have a way to document and control temporary workers. Obiously the devil is in the details. How is this different from L1 and H1 visas for say IT workers.

I live in San Diego, and my personal experience contradicts the conservative objections. It used to be that "illegals/undocumented" workers did not bring their families. They traveled back and forth and after working a few years would go back and build a mansion relative to the local living standard. As a result of the border crackdown staring in the late 80sm "illegals" do not visit home anymore, they are bringing their families instead. A temporary worker program has the possiblity of actually helping reduce the permant illegal aliens in this country.

Obiously if my personal experience contradicts real stastics, I would love to be corrected on that.

This closet liberal republichan is re-thinking his rejection of Bush. Although I still blame him for his quick trigger finger in Iraq, and ... Well never mind.
The cynic in me says...ColnagoFE
Jan 8, 2004 10:34 AM
GWB is just pandering and is banking on Congress not passing this initiative in a million years.
Your cynicism may be well founded. However ...kilimanjaro
Jan 8, 2004 10:39 AM
I support the policy in general. When any president, let a lone a conservative starts to talk about about this issue it is bound to get more credibility. Maybe not this term, or next, eventually the country can address the issue. Besides it has the "Only Nixon can go to China" angle ot it.
the key words there are "in general"...I want to see the detailsColnagoFE
Jan 8, 2004 10:41 AM
and it seems as if GWB is content to paint it with a broad brush at this point--leaving me to further question how well this whole initiative was thought out and making me more inclined to think pandering.
Pretty well thought outTJeanloz
Jan 8, 2004 10:46 AM
The guest worker program was one of the cornerstones of his campaign. He was all set to announce it just before Sept. 11, and then they decided they needed to re-work it in light of immigration concerns.

This program has always been on GWB's plate - remember how buddy-buddy he was with Vicente Fox, early in his term?
re: 9:33 PST and no immigration thread. What is going on?Spoiler
Jan 8, 2004 4:00 PM
Why did Bush try to tie this in as a "Homeland Security" issue? He mentioned the phrase a couple times.