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Lev Kobrin
07-02-2004, 10:30 AM
Kerry vows action for migrants
Promises to ease citizenship within first 100 days in office
Jon Kamman
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 30, 2004 12:00 AM
Sen. John Kerry pledged Tuesday in Phoenix that within 100 days of becoming president he would ask Congress for immigration reforms that would put undocumented immigrants on a path toward U.S. citizenship and establish a guest-worker program for temporary labor.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's proposal for "earned legalization" brought cheers from a highly partisan audience of more than 4,000 members of the National Council of La Raza.

The nation's largest civil rights group is an advocate for the nation's rapidly growing Hispanic population, which, at more than 38.8 million members, recently became the nation's largest minority group.

Kerry's speech closed out a five-day convention that drew more than 20,000 participants and made Phoenix, in effect, the Latino power center of the nation.

"Our immigration system is broken," Kerry told the crowd at Phoenix Civic Plaza.

"Hundreds of people seeking only a better life for their children die terrible deaths in the desert," he said. "Millions live in the shadows of our country, frightened, exploited and often abused."

Although short on specifics, the speech was Kerry's first elaboration on his campaign's general theme that hardworking, taxpaying and law-abiding immigrants should have an opportunity to become legal residents.

In broad terms, the Kerry measure did not appear to differ greatly from a bill sponsored in both chambers of Congress by a trio of Arizona Republicans: Reps. Jim Kolbe and Jeff Flake and Sen. John McCain.

President Bush late last year also proposed immigration reforms, but his plan, never set forth in specific legislation, would not give unlawful border crossers a chance to become citizens without returning first to their home countries.

Bush campaign spokesman Danny Diaz said Kerry was "being very disingenuous with voters" on the immigration issue because only two of the 314 measures he has sponsored as a Massachusetts senator have dealt with immigration issues.

"The president has a record of accomplishment that relates to Hispanics," Diaz said, citing programs aimed at "quality schools, good homes, good-paying jobs and a safe and secure environment."

But Kerry's national campaign co-chairman, Los Angeles City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa, said, "If Bush was supportive, he would have pushed an earned legalization program by now. If he wanted it, it would have been done."

Under Kerry's plan, immigrants would qualify for legal residency, the first step toward citizenship, after five years in this country and close screening for security purposes.

Kerry's administration also would fund English and civics classes to help qualifying immigrants assimilate.

At the same time, a limited number of temporary workers would be allowed into the country to work under the protections of labor laws, including wage standards, that apply to U.S. citizens.

Kerry said he also would make it easier for immigrants' families, divided by a border, to reunite. Even workers legally in this country face long waits for visas so their immediate families can join them or they jeopardize their own immigration status if they return to their home country.

Kerry said he would tighten border security through a cooperative effort with Mexico and by developing a reliable "watch list" for criminals or terrorists trying to enter the country.

His first steps on immigration would be to sign "in a heartbeat" two measures that have bipartisan backing in Congress but have not won solid support from the Bush administration.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would give undocumented youths living and attending schools in the United States the right to stay in the country to go to college if they met other qualifications.

The AgJobs bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and 62 Senate co-sponsors, would ensure rights and offer employee and environmental protections for law-abiding farmworkers.

In his 45-minute speech and in answers to four questions from the audience, Kerry also hammered on domestic issues of education, health care, employment and energy independence.

He said the Bush administration has either mishandled the issues or sacrificed them to a "credo of greed" that gives major tax breaks to people with annual incomes above $200,000.

Hispanic unemployment has risen more than 30 percent in the past three years, he said, and 1.4 million Hispanics are jobless.

"Those finally getting jobs are being paid an average of $9,000 less a year," he said.

Nearly one-fourth of Hispanic children are growing up without health insurance, and the overall uninsured rate for Hispanics is about 1 in 3, Kerry said.

"Under my health plan, we will cover every child in America and 95 percent of adults," he said.

Kerry said that, in the more than three years since Bush took office, his administration has not developed a plan for health care.

In a slap at Bush's credibility, he added, "They don't even have a fake plan, which you would expect from this administration."

07-02-2004, 11:05 AM
Спросил меня известный муж,
Скажи, для власти ты не дюж,
Сказал ему я, не таясь,
Что те, кто лезут к власти,
Для них преград не сущестует,
Продать, купить, продаться рады,
Лишь только бы дорваться,
До властного богатсва :?

07-03-2004, 09:37 AM
Я уже был свидетелем( и жертвои) как один президент просрал страну.....Второи раз я уже наверно не переживу.....
Мексы сюда валят в надежде на велфер, котории я оплачиваю....Вот когда они собирутся однои стаей- то их отношение к белым(нам!) будет совсем иным....Мы, жители бывших среднеазеатских республик ето прекрасно помним...
Не буду я за него голосовать... :evil:

Lev Kobrin
07-04-2004, 03:39 PM
А вообще-то это пока только обещания. Я ни очень многих политиков помню, кто свои обещания выполнял.