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The White House, President George W. Bush

Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
The James S. Brady Briefing Room

12:33 P.M. EST

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Q Scott, there is a new proposal by Senator Daschle and Senator Hagel on immigration reform. My question to you is, has the White House reviewed this proposal and the President will support that? And Democrats say this is an answer to the ambiguity of the President's proposal on immigration reform.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, one, I think that we are reviewing the various legislative proposals. Obviously the President put forward his ideas and his plan for moving forward on a new temporary worker program that is compassionate, that is humane, and that meets our economic needs. And so the President is working from his plan. We want to work closely with Congress to move forward on that new temporary worker program. And I think he spelled out his views very clearly in terms of what we're talking about here are temporary workers that are filling jobs that we cannot find Americans to fill. And that they should not be granted an automatic path to citizenship or amnesty. The President has made his views very clear on that. But we look forward to working with Congress and moving forward on this important priority as soon as possible.

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