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'Bush's Brain' pushes amnesty scheme

by Rob Sanchez
October 13, 2005 No. 1345

Karl Rove has been having closed-door sessions with Congress in order to push a new guest-worker program. Supposedly the details of the proposal were given out to those that attended, but I have yet to see details posted on a website. Apparently the Bush administration doesn't think the public needs to know anything about their guest worker proposal until Congress passes it.

If any of you are able to find Karl Rove's guest-worker proposal please forward it to me.

I have a theory why the details of the Bush bill haven't been released - perhaps there is no document with details. My crystal ball from the previous newsletter predicted that the guest-worker bill will be created when a Congressional committee combines the guest-worker bills that are already in Congress. In case you didn't look at that table of guest worker bills here is the link. The organization that made the chart is an open-border supporter so it wouldn't be surprising if Congress uses their chart as a working document.

For commentary on the LA Times article click on this link:


Bush, Rove Press Congress on Illegal-Worker Proposal

By Mary Curtius
Times Staff Writer

September 23, 2005

WASHINGTON - White House political strategist Karl Rove is offering lawmakers new details of an administration-backed guest worker program that would temporarily legalize the status of millions of illegal workers, according to Republicans who have attended the meetings.

The White House effort is seen as its latest step toward reasserting President Bush's leadership on one of the most divisive issues confronting the Republican Party.

Concerned that increasingly strident anti-immigrant voices within the party were undermining the administration's efforts to reach out to Latino voters, the administration formed a coalition of business groups and immigration advocates during the summer to lobby for the sort of comprehensive plan Bush has advocated since early in his presidency.

Some lawmakers see the recent White House sessions as evidence that Bush intends to pursue his plan as soon as this fall - despite the strains Hurricane Katrina has put on the legislative agenda and despite ongoing opposition within his party.

"There is a level of detail that was not there before that is very important," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who has put forward his own guest worker bill. "All of us see a heightened engagement on this issue by the administration, which is good."

In January 2004, Bush said he wanted to allow illegal workers to apply for a three-year work visa, with the possibility of a single three-year extension before having to return to their native country. But Bush's proposal has never been translated into legislation, nor has he supported any immigration-related bill pending in Congress.


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