George W. Bush 2000 On The IssuesImmigration
Governor Bush believes that immigration is not a problem to be solved, but the sign of a successful nation. As Governor of a border state, he knows first-hand the benefits legal immigrants bring to America. While he is strongly opposed to illegal immigration, he believes more should be done to welcome legal immigrants. Therefore, he will establish a 6-month standard for processing immigration applications, encourage family reunification, and split the INS into two agencies: one focused on enforcement, and one focused on naturalization and immigration services.
Governor Bush’s Approach
Welcoming legal immigrants: Governor Bush is committed to welcoming new Americans with respect and open arms, and to comprehensive INS reform to change the policies that create needless obstacles to legal immigrants and that frustrate family reunification.
Enforcing the border: Because it is a federal responsibility to secure the border, Governor Bush supports increased efforts along the border, such as “Operation Hold the Line” that have been successful in El Paso, Texas at limiting illegal immigration.
Encouraging free trade: Governor Bush understands that a healthy Mexico is good for America and that family values do not end at the Rio Grand River. He believes the long-term solution to illegal immigration is increased trade with Mexico. Free trade is the best way for Mexico to grow a strong middle class and improve the quality of life so that fewer people will want to leave.
Expanding temporary visas: Governor Bush supports expanding the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program so that willing workers can provide much needed help to America’s farmers, and increasing the number of H-1B visas so that we can fill the need for more high-tech workers in our vibrant economy. He believes, however, that the long-term solution to the increasing demand for skilled workers is to improve America’s public schools. That is why he has proposed a comprehensive education reform plan.
Governor Bush’s Immigration Reform Proposals
Governor Bush has proposed a comprehensive reform of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to help change its character and to make America more welcoming to new immigrants. As President, Governor Bush will:
Source: George W. Bush for President 2000 Web Site
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