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President Bush Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

Author: George W. Bush
Published May 15, 2006

In the midst of Congressional debate on immigration reform, President George W. Bush announced proposed plans for the deployment of 6000 National Guard troops along the U.S. - Mexico border. Bush also encouraged Congress to support various other reforms, including a temporary worker program, a "better system for verifying documents and work eligibility" using biometric technology, the possibility of legalization for illegal workers who have resided in the U.S. for some time, and ending "catch and release" of illegal immigrants captured crossing the U.S. - Mexico border.

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