Welcome Latinos; immigration is not a problem to be solved
Source: Speech in Washington, D.C. Jun 26, 2000

Latinos come to the US to seek the same dreams that have inspired millions of others: they want a better life for their children. Family values do not stop at the Rio Grande. Latinos enrich our country with faith in God, a strong ethic of work, community & responsibility. We can all learn from the strength, solidarity, & values of Latinos. Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is the sign of a successful nation. New Americans are to be welcomed as neighbors and not to be feared as strangers.

GOP's Bush Calls for Increasing Legal Immigration Levels
Middle America News - February, 2000

...He expressed sympathy for aliens who come to America to take jobs. "Family values don't stop at the Rio Grande River," he said. "If you're a mother and dad, and you got kids to feed, and you're making 50 cents and you see someone in Iowa making $50, and you care about those kids, you're coming."

Bush Holds Town Hall Forum on Economy in Calif.
Transcript - January 5, 2002

...Thirdly, the long-term solution is for Mexico to grow a middle class so that people don't feel like they have to come here to work. (Applause.) The long-term solution -- family values don't stop at the Rio Bravo. If there's somebody who has got children to feed, somebody, a mom or a dad who has got little ones to take care of, and they make fifty cents in a state in Mexico, or they could make $5 in America, they're going to come to America if they believe in their children, if they have the same values you and I have.


Bush Administration Not Serious About National SecurityKiss your nation goodbye, gringos.
Bush 'rejects' WND's line of questioning
Spokesman bristles at reader's query about violence in Quran
Posted: October 16, 2002 5:00 p.m. Eastern

...WorldNetDaily then asked Fleischer about illegal immigration:

WND: Ari, on another subject, if thousands of illegal aliens walked across the Crawford ranch property every month, trashing the land, smuggling drugs, and threatening to rape and injure and kill the residents, would the president do something about it? This, of course, is happening on our borders, as you know.
FLEISCHER: Is there a question here, Les?
WND: Yes.
FLEISCHER: Of a serious nature?
WND: What is the president planning to do about millions of the illegals coming across the border? Is he going to do anything about this?
FLEISCHER: Well, of course, through the various agencies of the federal government, we have a series of protections in place in a country that is opening and welcome, and has a border that in some places is not as -- that can be porous. And this is a longstanding issue for our country, about how to enforce and protect our borders.
   And, interestingly, in the aftermath of Sept. 11, with the additional steps and protections that have been taking place on the border, we have gotten better controls of our border, but it remains an important and vexing issue about how to be an open society and enforce our law.
WND: But President Fox...
FLEISCHER: Mr. Sanger.
WND: President Fox thinks that it should be an open border. The president doesn't agree with President Fox.
FLEISCHER: You only get two, Les. Mr. Sanger.
WND: All right, well, thank you for the two.


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