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The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 26, 2002

Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

[ ... ]

Q Ari, page one of The Washington Times reports our new ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, announcing in Mexico City that the Bush administration wants to give amnesty to thousands of illegal Mexican aliens who are now in the United States. And my question is, why does the President so encourage law-breaking by Mexicans, and Haitians, who have not received such amnesty that I'm aware of, as well as some of the 911 terrorists? And wouldn't it be a good idea to recruit, train and deputize the Citizens Border Patrol Militia of Arizona, the American Border Patrol of California, and the Texas Ranch Rescue? (Laughter.) There's three of them out there, Ari. And we -- they still come across the border by the thousands.

MR. FLEISCHER: Okay, I think I have your question, Mr. Kinsolving. One, I don't think you've accurately characterized what Mr. Garza has said. But in terms of --

Q I was just quoting.

MR. FLEISCHER: But in terms of what the President has said, the President believes that immigrants enrich our culture and make America a better and stronger country.

Q Illegal --

MR. FLEISCHER: And he wants to make certain that immigration is done the right way, that it is done legally. And we look forward to continuing to work with Mexico on this important topic.

Go ahead.

[ ... ]

END 2:19 P.M. EST