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The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 4, 2004

Economy Continues to Get Stronger -- President Bush Visits California
Remarks by the President in a Conversation on the Economy Rain for Rent
Bakersfield, California

[ ... ]

THE PRESIDENT:
Now, we got with us, as well, Theresa -- oh, let me say something about Ismael's dad. Where is his dad? Is he here? There he is. Thanks for coming, sir. (Applause.) He came here and worked hard, and he stood in line and became a citizen. And that's what needs to happen with immigration policy. Look, we need to -- we don't need blanket amnesty here in America. What we need is, we need to help people find work in a legal way. (Applause.)

Your dad did it the legal way. He came and worked because he wanted to be a good dad, and he earned a living. And he stood in line in a legal way, and then became a citizen of this country. I put forth a plan -- we were talking to these employers, they don't know whether they're hiring somebody here who's legally or not. We need a temporary worker plan, that is not an amnesty plan -- it's a worker plan, to make sure the employers here in America are able to find the labor that other Americans won't do, in a legal way. We need to make sure we treat people humanely in this country. (Applause.) And I want to thank you for the example. Think about that, how American is that, the guy works all his life so his son can go to college. (Applause.)

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