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

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 1, 2005

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Q Scott, has the President looked at details of the recent legislation introduced by Senators Kennedy and McCain on immigration reform? And is he ready to take a look at that? Does he support the idea of a temporary worker program with possible ways to the restoration of the human rights --

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, we've spelled out our principles, and one of our principles is that those individuals would need to get in line just like everybody else, that they wouldn't be given any special access in that line to get -- or to get on the path to citizenship. The President appreciates members of Congress coming forward with ideas for moving forward to address these immigration problems that we face. The President is strongly committed to his approach for a temporary worker program that would meet an important economic need that would show a more humane migration system for America and that would help us better address the problems along the border and people coming into this country illegally.

And so we're going to continue working closely with congressional leaders on those efforts. But I think the President has kind of outlined his principles and there's no change in terms of his principles.

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