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WASHINGTON (Reuters)

"U.S. officials are weighing a plan to legalize the status of the more than 3 million Mexicans living illegally in the United States, The New York Times reported on Sunday. The White House declined comment on the report, which said the proposal was the most politically sensitive part of a draft plan on border safety and immigration that Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft were expected to submit to the White House in the next few days. Citing officials involved in the deliberations, the report said a Bush administration panel was considering ways in which millions of Mexicans could earn legal status over the next several years, though not immediately. Such a plan would require congressional approval, it said, and would likely meet stiff resistance from legislators who believe that regularizing their status would, in effect, reward people who had broken the law and therefore undermine the deterrent effect of laws that limit immigration."

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host7/20/01 12:56 PM 
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WASHINGTON (Reuters)

"Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Friday the Bush administration was considering several options to help 3 million undocumented Mexicans in the United States legalize their status, but a blanket amnesty was not one of them. "At the moment we are coming up with a series of recommendations that will be presented to the president in due course, and I will be discussing these possible recommendations with Foreign Minister (Jorge) Castaneda on August 9," he said, without specifying where the meeting would take place.
"They do not, at the moment, include just simply a blanket amnesty for everybody," he told a news conference. "But I'm sure the recommendations will include ways for some of those who are in the country to remain in the country and try to regularize the flow of people back and forth."

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20010720_285.html

Mexican President Vicente Fox concluded a tour of the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday with a call for reforms in immigration policies, urging expanded "documentation and legalization" for Mexicans living and working illegally in the United States.

 

 
From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host7/24/01 7:05 AM 
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WASHINGTON (AP)

"A study group headed by Secretary of State Colin Powell and Attorney General John Ashcroft is calling for a new program that would grant legal guest worker statement to some of the millions of Mexicans in the United States illegally. The proposal, sent to the White House on Friday, would be "part of our continued effort to work with the Mexican government toward our shared goal of a more orderly, more humane, legal and safe migration," spokesman Scott McClellan said Monday evening. The working group, co-chaired by Powell and Ashcroft, "recommends creation of a new, temporary guest-worker program that would allow for some of the workers to achieve permanent resident status over a period of time," McClellan said. The plan eventually could lead to permanent legal status to some of the 3 million Mexicans now in the United States unlawfully."

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/1/01 2:06 PM 
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SOURCE: Newsweek

The Story of 'Ana' -- A Mexican Illegal Who Might Benefit From Bush Amnesty

35-Year-Old Mexican Earned $50,O00 Last Year With Off-The-Books Cleaning Business She Built In New York And Staffed With Other Aliens

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 -- During a visit this week with his Mexican counterpart Vicente Fox, President George W. Bush is expected to sketch out the most sweeping immigration reform in 15 years, a plan that could legalize millions of undocumented workers. In the September 10 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, September 3), Mexico City Bureau Chief Alan Zarembo tracks the story of one of them, Ana, a 35-year-old Mexican who's been living and profiting in New York City for the past six years.

  • (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010901/NEWSWEEK )

    Ana (not her real name) entered the country six years ago by crawling through a moonlit drainpipe, trudging across the Arizona desert, crossing into Los Angeles scrunched onto the floor of a car and then flying into La Guardia Airport. Arriving with almost nothing, she worked 12-hour days folding and delivering clothes in Manhattan, six days a week for $200 a week. The salary was eight times what she earned back home working in a sock factory. Hard work and American clients who became friends helped her to start up her own cleaning business, albeit an illegal one.

    She now holds the keys to 70 Manhattan apartments and hires other Mexican illegals to do the cleaning. Last year, she made $50,000 and because her business is off the books, it's tax-free. But, as Zarembo writes, since she arrived here six years ago, Ana hasn't been able to return home or see her two children, who are still in Mexico being cared for by their grandmother.

    Negotiating the details of immigration reform, including who would be able to apply for legal residence and whether the program would be open to all illegals or only Mexicans, will be tricky and could take another year. And Congress is likely to have fierce battles over policy. At a minimum, it is likely to create an extensive guest-worker program, which would provide temporary visas to Mexicans, writes Zarembo. Democrats and some moderate Republicans want a broader legalization that would be a first step to U.S. citizenship, if migrants can prove they have been in the United States before a certain date. But even that compromise has sparked vitriolic reaction among the most conservative Republicans, who argue that it would be rewarding illegal behavior.

    However, the need for a change in policy and attitude towards illegal immigrants has gathered momentum recently with even the protectionist-leaning AFL-CIO favoring an amnesty.

    And while an amnesty could ease the pressure on U.S. border police and might encourage former illegals to go home, Zarembo writes, it could also result in a flood of others coming in drawn by success stories like Ana's, and not just from Mexico.

    There are at least six million people currently living illegally in the United States. Last year only 46,750 were deported. And those who remain are also staying longer than ever, precisely because the border has become more difficult to cross. They are also sending home record amounts of cash, a projected $9.3 billion to Mexico this year.

    The article is also the Newsweek International Latin America edition cover story for the issue dated September 10 and is also available in all other overseas editions.


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    From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/6/01 1:10 AM 
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    WASHINGTON (AP)

    "Mexican President Vicente Fox, the first state visitor of the Bush presidency, challenged the United States on Wednesday to strike an agreement on immigration reform by the end of the year. President Bush said "there is no more important relationship" than Mexico's but did not embrace Fox's ambitious deadline. The timetable surprised U.S. officials who have been trying to lower expectations for a deal on the complex and politically risky issue. Even some Mexican officials said they had no notice that Fox would push for quick action."

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    From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host9/6/01 7:21 AM 
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    Labor groups rally for immigration  Click here for details

    Cox News
    "Washington --- While Mexican President Vicente Fox visited the White House on Wednesday, the leader of the AFL-CIO led a pro-immigration rally at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. "We believe immigration reform should, first and foremost, include a new program of legalization for the millions of hard-working people who are already in this country, paying taxes and making enormous contributions to our communities," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said on the steps of the Capitol."


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    From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host11/17/01 11:16 PM 
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    Daschle Vows Immigration Reform
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    AP: Nov 17, 9:03 PM ET
    Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt said Saturday that they would forge ahead with immigration reform early next year, including some kind of legal residency for Mexican migrants already living in the United States.

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    From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/13/02 6:44 AM 
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    House votes to ease immigration rule
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    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    President Bush won a political victory Tuesday when the House of Representatives voted to make it easier for certain illegal immigrants to become legal residents. The decision came a week before Bush travels to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Vicente Fox. "The White House seems to think it has to have some kind of immigration deal when the president goes to Mexico," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization in Washington that favors less immigration.

     

     
    From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host3/20/02 6:53 AM 
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    Immigration takes back seat to security
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    Cox News
    Washington --- A little more than six months ago, the movement to legalize millions of Mexicans and other foreigners living illegally in the United States appeared to be unstoppable. President Bush had joined lawmakers of both parties, labor unions and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to pursue the idea. President Vicente Fox of Mexico on Sept. 6 lobbied Congress to ''regularize'' the 4 million illegal Mexican residents here now.

     

     
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    Report: U.S. relies heavily on illegal workers
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    Washington --- Nearly half of America's farm workers, 25 percent of household workers and 10 percent of restaurant employees are illegal immigrants, according to a new study about America's undocumented foreign population. The report, produced for the privately financed Pew Hispanic Center, was timed for release as President Bush meets today with Mexican President Vicente Fox to discuss border and migration issues.

     

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