Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Some Follow-Up Questions for President Bush About Immigration Policy


(Washington, DC – December 20, 2004) At this morning's White House press conference, President Bush was asked a question about his plan to reform U.S. immigration policy. In response to the question, the president said, at least half a dozen times, that his proposal entailed allowing workers in other countries to enter or remain in the U.S. legally to fill "jobs that Americans will not do."
The White House policy is not to allow follow-up questions at press conferences, however, here are some matters that the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) believes require clarification from President Bush. FAIR has also addressed these questions to President Bush, seeking clarification about the immigration policies the White House plans to put before Congress in 2005:

Q. Mr. President, you talk about "jobs that Americans will not do." Could you please provide a comprehensive list of such jobs?

Q. Mr. President, you frequently talk about allowing the free market to work. Why not apply this principle to the jobs you claim "Americans will not do," and allow the free market to bid up wages for American workers? In your opinion, is upward mobility still a desirable objective for American workers?

Q. Mr. President, at this morning's news conference, you spoke about the desire of people in Mexico and other countries to work in this country in order to put food on their families' tables. Would you please address the matter of millions of American families who used to do jobs in construction, meatpacking, janitorial services, restaurant and hotel work, and other trades who would like to put food on their families' tables?

Q. Mr. President, how do you propose to pay for the education of the children, the health care for the families and all the other services that the foreign workers who will do "the jobs Americans will not do" and their families will require?

Q. Mr. President, as you conceded in this morning's press conference, the vetting process and background checks of cabinet appointees failed to uncover problems with your Homeland Security nominee. Can you assure the American public that the vetting process and background checks on the millions of illegal aliens who will be applying for legal residence under your program will receive a more comprehensive investigation of their backgrounds?

We, along with millions of Americans from all walks of life, would appreciate your views on these important issues as you prepare to make immigration policy reform a centerpiece of your second administration.

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