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    Bush Seeks Grads' Help on Immigration

    By JENNIFER LOVEN
    The Associated Press
    Saturday, April 28, 2007; 9:11 PM

    MIAMI -- President Bush, pushing for a hard-to-find breakthrough on a broad immigration overhaul, appealed to graduating college students in this diverse city Saturday for help in persuading Congress to produce a bill.

    Bush gave the commencement address at Miami Dade College, where more than half the students were raised speaking a language other than English. He gave the Class of 2007 an assignment: Tell their elected representatives in Washington to get going on immigration legislation.

    President Bush delivers the commencement address at Miami Dade College in Miami, Saturday, April 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson) (Lawrence Jackson - AP)

    The Immigration Debate
    The Washington Post's coverage of the immigration issue, from the politics of revising the nation's immigration laws to the impact of illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Washington region.

    "You see every day the values of hard work, and family, and faith that immigrants bring," the president said. "This experience gives you a special responsibility to make your voices heard."

    Bush said the immigration system is deeply broken: Employers are not held accountable enough; borders are not secure enough; businesses need workers willing to do low-paying jobs; and the 12 million people estimated to be in the U.S. illegally cannot all be deported and so must be dealt with "without amnesty and without animosity."

    "We must address all elements of this problem together _ or none of them will be solved at all," Bush said.

    The president also chose the setting of Miami, a center of Cuban exiles opposed to the communist regime of Fidel Castro, to predict that the "day is nearing" when "the light of liberty will shine" again in Cuba.

    "In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Unfortunately, those dreams are stifled by a cruel dictatorship that denies all freedom in the name of a dark and discredited ideology," the president said to loud cheers. "The reign of every tyrant comes to an end."

    Castro temporarily handed power to his brother eight months ago because of illness. The 80-year-old revolutionary had ruled the communist island nation for 47 years.

    With Castro's condition and exact ailment a state secret, his future role has been the source of much speculation. Cuban officials have given increasingly optimistic reports about his health, and there is a growing expectation that he could soon make his first public appearance since falling ill.

    The takeover of Congress by Democrats was supposed to be a boon to Bush's goal of a comprehensive immigration overhaul. He wants to establish a temporary worker program for some illegal immigrants and to create a path to citizenship _ albeit a difficult one _ for many.

    After all, it was his fellow Republicans, conservatives who reject the president's approach as too lenient toward lawbreakers, that stymied his plans when they controlled Capitol Hill.

    But the Democrats' ascendance in January has not necessarily made easier the search for a bill acceptable to a majority.

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    Bush Seeks Grads' Help on Immigration

    By JENNIFER LOVEN
    The Associated Press
    Saturday, April 28, 2007; 9:11 PM

    MIAMI -- President Bush, pushing for a hard-to-find breakthrough on a broad immigration overhaul, appealed to graduating college students in this diverse city Saturday for help in persuading Congress to produce a bill.

    Bush gave the commencement address at Miami Dade College, where more than half the students were raised speaking a language other than English. He gave the Class of 2007 an assignment: Tell their elected representatives in Washington to get going on immigration legislation.

    President Bush delivers the commencement address at Miami Dade College in Miami, Saturday, April 28, 2007. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson) (Lawrence Jackson - AP)

    The Immigration Debate
    The Washington Post's coverage of the immigration issue, from the politics of revising the nation's immigration laws to the impact of illegal immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Washington region.

    "You see every day the values of hard work, and family, and faith that immigrants bring," the president said. "This experience gives you a special responsibility to make your voices heard."

    Bush said the immigration system is deeply broken: Employers are not held accountable enough; borders are not secure enough; businesses need workers willing to do low-paying jobs; and the 12 million people estimated to be in the U.S. illegally cannot all be deported and so must be dealt with "without amnesty and without animosity."

    "We must address all elements of this problem together _ or none of them will be solved at all," Bush said.

    The president also chose the setting of Miami, a center of Cuban exiles opposed to the communist regime of Fidel Castro, to predict that the "day is nearing" when "the light of liberty will shine" again in Cuba.

    "In Havana and other Cuban cities, there are people just like you who are attending school, and dreaming of a better life. Unfortunately, those dreams are stifled by a cruel dictatorship that denies all freedom in the name of a dark and discredited ideology," the president said to loud cheers. "The reign of every tyrant comes to an end."

    Castro temporarily handed power to his brother eight months ago because of illness. The 80-year-old revolutionary had ruled the communist island nation for 47 years.

    With Castro's condition and exact ailment a state secret, his future role has been the source of much speculation. Cuban officials have given increasingly optimistic reports about his health, and there is a growing expectation that he could soon make his first public appearance since falling ill.

    The takeover of Congress by Democrats was supposed to be a boon to Bush's goal of a comprehensive immigration overhaul. He wants to establish a temporary worker program for some illegal immigrants and to create a path to citizenship _ albeit a difficult one _ for many.

    After all, it was his fellow Republicans, conservatives who reject the president's approach as too lenient toward lawbreakers, that stymied his plans when they controlled Capitol Hill.

    But the Democrats' ascendance in January has not necessarily made easier the search for a bill acceptable to a majority.

    Contimued



    Print This ArticleE-Mail This Article
    RSS Feed

    More on washingtonpost.com
    Hundreds March in Houston on Immigration
    Bush: Congress Must Overhaul Immigration
    A Lasting Freedom Agenda
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    When Seeing Is Disbelieving
    Powered by Inform» Related Topics & Web Content

    Most Viewed Politics Articles
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    » Top 35 Most Viewed

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