KENNEDY, BUSH, MCCAIN AGREE ON BORDER - AMERICA GETS SCREWED
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy yesterday called illegal immigration a national-security issue in desperate need of fixing.Wait... here's the kicker!
"The current situation is completely broken in terms of controlling our borders," Kennedy said in a speech at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs.
The Democrat from Massachusetts was in Charlottesville for interviews with Miller Center scholars who are preparing an oral history of the senator's 40-plus-year public career.
But reforming immigration law is a key item on his political agenda. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,, and Kennedy are offering an immigration bill that Kennedy said would secure the borders and allow essential workers to eventually become American citizens.
"President Bush has been courageous on this issue," Kennedy said. "He has an understanding from coming from a border state."
Bush has called for giving illegal immigrants temporary work permits.
Kennedy and McCain's bill, introduced in May, would create a temporary-workers program, enable illegal immigrants to apply for permanent legal status after paying back taxes and a fine and increase border security.
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