Bush hits both sides of immigration

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals His goal is to catch more foreigners crossing the border while increasing the number of temporary work visas for those who will take jobs that Americans are unwilling to fill. He is trying to appease social conservatives who take a hard line against illegal immigrants and business leaders who want to hire foreign laborers. Bush already increased the number of Border Patrol agents but said in the broadcast that he wants money to hire more of them, along with high-tech aerial drones and other technology. “Since I took office, we’ve increased funding for border security by 60 percent, and our border agents have caught and sent home more than 4.5 million illegal immigrants, including more than 350,000 with criminal records,” he said. “Yet we must do more to build on this progress.” The president said his administration is committed to promptly returning every illegal immigrant caught at the border with no exceptions. “For illegal immigrants from Mexico, we are working to expand an innovative program called interior repatriation, in which those caught at the border are returned to their hometowns, far from the border – making it more difficult for them to attempt another crossing,” Bush said. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush is stepping up pressure on Congress to embrace his plan for a guest worker plan for foreigners while talking tough about illegal immigration and a need for secure U.S. borders. “Those who enter the country illegally break the law,” Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address. “In communities near our border, illegal immigration strains the resources of schools, hospitals and law enforcement. And it involves smugglers and gangs that bring crime to our neighborhoods. Faced with this serious challenge, our government’s responsibility is clear. We’re going to protect our borders.” This past week, the president made appearances in Arizona and Texas that focused on border security and immigration, two items he says will top his legislative agenda next year. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more