The White House
President George W. Bush
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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
April 5, 2006

President Urges Senate to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
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      In Focus: Immigration

8:55 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: The United States Senate is debating a very vital issue for our country, and that is immigration reform. I urge the senators to continue to work toward getting a comprehensive bill; a bill that will help us secure our borders; a bill that will cause the people in the interior of this country to recognize and enforce the law; and a bill that will include a guest worker provision that will enable us to more secure the border, will recognize that there are people here working hard for jobs Americans won't do, and a guest worker provision that is not amnesty, one that provides for automatic citizenship.

This is a vital debate. I thank the members who are working hard to get a bill done. I strongly urge them to come to a conclusion as quickly as possible and pass a comprehensive bill.

Thank you all very much.

END 8:57 A.M. EDT

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