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The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the First Lady
January 12, 2004

Interview of First Lady Laura Bush by Telemundo
The Map Room
January 9, 2004

10:27 A.M. EST

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Q Your husband already proposed an immigration plan. But some people think that it's not good to allow illegal people to work here in the United States. What do you think?

MRS. BUSH: I think it's really very important. I'm very proud of his immigration plan that he's come up with. It's terrible for people who are illegal here. They can suffer a lot of exploitation if they are involved in any way in -- if they are exploited in any way, it's very difficult for them to go to the authorities in the United States, because they're illegal here.

So I think it's a very important move to give workers who are here who are employed a chance to have a temporary employment visa and be able to work here. And then that allows them to go back and forth to their homes, wherever their homes are, without fear of not being able to get back into the United States after their vacation or their visit with their family. So I think it's a very important step and I hope the Congress will work with the President to come up with an immigration policy that's safe for immigrants, for people who come to the United States, as well as economically beneficial for American employers.

[ ... ]

Q This proposal, immigration proposal, is going to be really good for Mexico.

MRS. BUSH: Well, I hope so. I think it will be really good for the United States. And that's the point. But we're going to need to work very closely with our Congress to make sure that this immigration policy passes. There's a long road ahead still. And it's important for all of us to work together on this.

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