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    Democrats Try to Outbid Bush on Immigration Tuesday, May 04, 2004 WASHINGTON — After a surprising proposal by President Bush calling for immigration policy
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      Democrats Try to Outbid Bush on Immigration


      Tuesday, May 04, 2004

      WASHINGTON — After a surprising proposal by President Bush calling
      for immigration policy reform (search), Democrats, seeing an effort
      by Republicans for Hispanic support this election year, are looking
      to outbid the president with reforms of their own.


      Democrats on Tuesday announced a proposal that offers greater federal
      protections and a swifter path to permanent citizenship than the one
      Bush had promised. That included full legal status to all illegals
      who have been in America five years and pass medical and criminal
      background checks.

      "We find that there are too many immigrants, too many undocumented
      immigrants that live in fear and live in danger of deportation and
      also suffer exploitation," said Sen. Ted Kennedy (search), D-Mass.

      Numerous polls this year show that a majority of Americans oppose
      leniency for illegals already here and even more strongly oppose
      policies that could encourage more illegal immigration (search) in
      the future.

      "There is a total disconnect between both parties and where the rest
      of America is on this issue, and it's part of an effort from both to
      pander for votes," said Dan Stein, head of the Federation for
      American Immigration Reform (search).

      Click here to watch a report by Fox News' Major Garrett.



      Tuesday, May 04, 2004

      WASHINGTON — After a surprising proposal by President Bush calling
      for immigration policy reform (search), Democrats, seeing an effort
      by Republicans for Hispanic support this election year, are looking
      to outbid the president with reforms of their own.


      Democrats on Tuesday announced a proposal that offers greater federal
      protections and a swifter path to permanent citizenship than the one
      Bush had promised. That included full legal status to all illegals
      who have been in America five years and pass medical and criminal
      background checks.

      "We find that there are too many immigrants, too many undocumented
      immigrants that live in fear and live in danger of deportation and
      also suffer exploitation," said Sen. Ted Kennedy (search), D-Mass.

      Numerous polls this year show that a majority of Americans oppose
      leniency for illegals already here and even more strongly oppose
      policies that could encourage more illegal immigration (search) in
      the future.

      "There is a total disconnect between both parties and where the rest
      of America is on this issue, and it's part of an effort from both to
      pander for votes," said Dan Stein, head of the Federation for
      American Immigration Reform (search).

      Click here to watch a report by Fox News' Major Garrett.
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