Saturday, January 10, 2004

Bush immigration reform proposal sparks anti-Bush Republican revolution

"'George Bush is clearly proposing to radically change immigration laws so we essentially have an open borders system,' said Virginia Abernathy, a Vanderbilt University professor and national immigration reform advocate. 'All Democratic candidates support that, too, so we have no effective debate on the issue.'"

"Abernathy said that she and other Republicans would be meeting to discuss other candidates."

Some state Republican leaders are still waiting for the details of the plan, and may support it: "If you're saying someone who is here illegally for five years and they have not caused any problems and they're hard-working, and the person who employs them says they've been good workers, I would not be adverse' to the Bush proposals," said Rep. Diane Black, R-Gallatin.

"Gov. Phil Bredesen said President Bush's immigration proposal will have no effect on the issue of whether driver's licenses should be issued to undocumented immigrants."

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