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President Bush pushes for immigration reform

Vault Show

Comprehensive immigration reform was a key issue for President George W. Bush during his second term.  On May 15, 2006 President Bush laid out his vision for the country's immigration law during a primetime address to the nation.  Gwen Ifill explored the debate over comprehensive immigration reform, the ethnic tensions surrounding the issue and the pushback the president faced from some fellow Republicans with Gebe Martinez of the Houston Chronicle and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal.

Will the Border Ever Be Secure Enough for Immigration Hawks?

Essential Reads

Border security could be the issue that kills immigration reform. And yet, by most measures, the U.S.-Mexico border has never been safer.
The bipartisan group of U.S. senators seeking comprehensive immigration reform have proposed a "trigger" mechanism, whereby a path to citizenship would be contingent on increased border security. President Obama and liberals have not endorsed the idea, although the president is "committed to increasing our border security further," according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Tough Guys on Illegal Immigration

On The Radar

"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though some time back they may have entered illegally." That was Ronald Reagan speaking during his 1984 reelection campaign. After that election, he stuck to his guns, signing an immigration reform law that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for residency if they could prove they'd lived in the country for five years, held jobs and committed no crimes.

On the Radar: May 10, 2011

Legacy: On The Radar

July 30, 2010

Weekly Show

This week, Democratic hand-wringing over Rep. Charles Rangel’s (D-NY) ethics charges; push-back by GOP and Dems to Obama priorities; both sides try to figure out the next steps in the Arizona immigration battle & what the leak of classified documents on the Afghanistan war really means.  Panelists include:  Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pete Williams, NBC News; and Martha Raddatz, ABC News.