With the Democratic majority in Washington doing its best to block the US President’s policy on the war, this more domestic hot potato is seen by observers as a more winnable debate. But reform will require compromise.
“We’re working closely with Republicans and Democrats to find a practical answer that lies between granting automatic citizenship to every illegal immigrant and deporting every illegal immigrant. It’s impractical to take the position that, ‘Oh, we’ll just find the 11 million or 12 million people and just send them home.’ It’s an impractical position; it just won’t work. It may sound good, it may make nice soundbite news. It won’t happen.” said President Bush.
He was visiting reinforced sections of a wall on the US-Mexican border. Tighter control along the frontier is seen as a measure to appeal to the most conservative Republicans. Bush has also proposed a guest worker programme he hopes will satisfy Democrats, with a view to reforming the system by September.