Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bush uses State of the Union address to promote amnesty for illegal aliens

Providing amnesty for illegal aliens living in the United States was one of the major proposals pushed by President Bush in his 2007 State of the Union message on January 23. Bush saw the new Democratic-controlled Congress as being a receptive audience for his proposal.

The President echoed his earlier effort to provide amnesty for illegals. The initiative also includes a temporary guest-worker program, toughened security on the border and more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws at the workplace.

Enforcement-minded Republicans are sure to question the proposal. More than a half-dozen House Republicans, led by Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., scheduled a press conference for Wednesday to oppose the plan.

Last year, the then-Republican-led Senate approved an amnesty plan that would legalize millions of undocumented workers already in the country. The measure died in the then-GOP-led House amid objections by conservative members of Bush's party.

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