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Interviews from Activists: What's Behind Bush's Immigration Move?

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    What s Behind Bush s Immigration Move? Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045 (202) 347-0020 *
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      What's Behind Bush's Immigration Move?
      Institute for Public Accuracy
      915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
      (202) 347-0020 * http://www.accuracy.org * ipa@...
      PM Thursday, January 8, 2004

      With a meeting scheduled next week between President Bush and Mexican
      President Vicente Fox in Mexico, the following analysts are available for
      interviews about Bush's new proposal on immigration:

      RAUL YZAGUIRRE, [via Lisa Navarrete] lnavarrete@..., http://www.nclr.org
      Yzaguirre is president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation's
      largest Latino civil rights organization. He said: "The president's
      proposal is limited to creating a potentially huge new guestworker program
      for immigrant workers with no meaningful access to permanent visas or a
      path to citizenship for those working, paying taxes, and raising their
      families in the United States. Immigrants would be asked to sign up for
      what is likely to be second-class status in the American workforce, which
      could lead to their removal..."

      ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ, XColumn@...,
      Co-writer with Patrisia Gonzales of the weekly syndicated "Column of the
      Americas," Rodriguez said today: "Will it get through Congress? This is an
      election year. This is meant to place the president in a favorable light
      among Latinos. Both immigrant rights advocates and anti-immigrants agree
      with this. We can expect the draconian (more money for border enforcement)
      and exploitive measures (the creation of a new bracero program) to sail
      through, but no one should expect a humanitarian measure to pass before the

      OSCAR CHACON, ochacon@..., http://www.enlacesamerica.org
      Director of international programs at the Heartland Alliance (an umbrella
      group of human rights and human needs organizations in the Midwest) based
      in Chicago, Chacon said today: "Certainly Bush saying that our immigration
      system is dysfunctional is a good step. But people who are working in the
      U.S. should have some pathway to become part of our society and be
      citizens... The root causes of migration have to do with how few
      opportunities there are for people in other countries. Life for campesinos
      or urban workers in Mexico for example has not gotten better."

      JOHN TRUMPBOUR, John_Trumpbour@...
      Coauthor of the article "Unions and Latinos: Mutual Transformation,"
      Trumpbour is research director at Harvard University's Trade Union Program.

      SARAH ANDERSON, saraha@...,
      Anderson is the author of the article "The Equity Factor and Free Trade:
      What the Europeans Can Teach Us" and director of the Global Economy Project
      at the Institute for Policy Studies. She said today: "The European Union
      offers its citizens the right to work and live anywhere they want, while
      mitigating migration pressures through substantial development aid. The
      U.S. government has rejected proposals to include aid or migration policies
      in the North American Free Trade Agreement and other such deals."

      For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
      Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167

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