Interviews from Activists: What's Behind Bush's Immigration Move?
- What's Behind Bush's Immigration Move?
Institute for Public Accuracy
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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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