Signing the Homeland Security appropriations bill this week, President Bush often sounded like Rep. Tom Tancredo (R.-Colo.), chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??[Homeland] Secretary [Michael] Cherthoff told the Senate earlier this morning our goal is clear: to return every single illegal entrant with no exception,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě Bush said. Then he outlined the immigration-enforcement measures put into the bill at the insistence of border-security hawks in Congress: new Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and new detention beds to hold illegal immigrants awaiting deportation. Finally, he pitched his plan for converting illegal aliens into √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??guest workers√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě by √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??matching willing employers with willing workers from foreign countries on a temporary legal basis.√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě Bottom line: Bush√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs next major domestic policy initiative is likely to be a push for an illegal-alien amnesty.
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