Bush, the Man in the Middle on Immigration Reform

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A van full of 27 suspected illegal immigrants crashed today near San Diego, killing two and critically injuring several more. Meantime, President Bush emphasized that securing the border will require a guest-worker program as well as troops from the National Guard. But there is vocal opposition to both elements of his "comprehensive" immigration reform. Will 6000 guardsmen and women be enough help for the overstretched Border Patrol? Is the border being militarized? Is the guest worker program "amnesty" by another name? We hear from experts on both sides of the debate, and get Mexico's perspective as well.
  • Making News: Will National Guard Patrol the Border as Bush Suggests?
    The California National Guard hasn't been heard from as yet, but Governor Schwarzenegger has called the President's proposal no more than a "band aid." Just what would the guardsmen and women be doing? Leslie Berestein, who reports on immigration for the San Diego Union-Tribune, has state and local response to the President's border-patrol plan.

Berestein's article on National Guard's role in border patrol

President Bush addresses nation on immigration reform

Mexican President Fox expresses concern over President Bush's border-control plan

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437)

Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 (S 1033)

Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (S 1438)



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton