November 10, 2004

AS CLINTON FREE TRADE WAS TO THE GOP:

Immigration a Bush Priority, Powell Says: He tells Mexican leaders the president plans to work with Congress on providing work permits. But GOP lawmakers express doubts. (Richard Boudreaux, November 10, 2004, LA Times)

U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell told Mexican officials Tuesday that prospects for an overhaul of immigration rules had "improved significantly" and that President Bush would soon work with Congress on his proposal to give temporary work permits to millions of immigrants.

"The president is committed to making this a high priority in his second term," Powell said after a meeting here among Cabinet officials of the two countries.

The annual session of the United States-Mexico Binational Commission produced several accords, including initiatives to boost private investment, educational opportunities, housing construction, rural development and environmental cleanup in Mexico.

Immigration, an issue that has eluded resolution for years, was again at the top of the agenda.


Mr. Bush can not count on Republicans to pass immigration reform, so he'll need Democrats, just as Bill Clinton had to depend on the GOP to pass trade agreements. If Democrats are serious about governing, rather than just picking at partisan scabs, they'll help.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2004 10:16 AM
Comments

Bush would be wise to start moving on this early so he can make a big show of "reaching across the aisle," much like he did with NCLB.

Posted by: Timothy at November 10, 2004 11:16 AM
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