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The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 16, 2004

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Q Scott, is the President going to use the State of the Union as another opportunity to defend and explain his immigration policy, which hasn't really been very popular in many sections of his own party?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think it was a very strong proposal that enjoys strong support among the American people. The President outlined his immigration proposal and the temporary worker initiative because he believes it's the right policy for America for the reasons he stated. We are a welcoming society, we are a compassionate society, and this policy reflects our compassionate side. The policy also addresses an important economic need, and that is, when there are American workers that cannot be found to fill jobs, that we need to fill those jobs to help our economy move forward. And there are people that are willing to fill those jobs. And so it recognizes that important economic need. So I think you can expect he will continue to talk about the importance of Congress moving forward on this new temporary worker program.

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