Wednesday, November 30, 2005

President Bush finally speaks

President Bush has been in the news this week with a plan--to let illegal immigrants obtain a three-year work visa that could be extended for another three years. But some Illinois groups don't like that idea.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights says the idea doesn't make sense. That after a worker is here for six years it's not ideal for him/her to just "pick up and go."

And the fact that Bush said his plan "would not create an automatic path to citizenship" is bothering the president of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce, Salvador Pedroza: "I think legalization is a must. I hope President Bush will rethink that...For the people in Mexico and other countries, it's good news. For the people already here, it's not good news."

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are at least 10.3 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States; 5.9 million unauthorized immigrants from Mexico; and 400,000 unauthorized immigrants in Illinois.

I think Bush needs to go back to the drawing board.

1 comment:

Hons2 said...

My (Japanese) wife of 40 years worked very hard preparing herself, learning about our government, etc so she could become a citizen. Since that happy day in 1970 she has proudly voted in all presidential elections and her English continues to improve, in part due to her ongoing study.

I welcome our Hispanic friends from the South. All I ask is they SPEAK ENGLISH and learn OUR culture.

And if they want to become citizens of our country, then do it the old fashioned way. WORK for it and when they are sworn in, they will be even more proud.