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White House and U.S. Senate Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Immigration Reform

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, May 17, 2007 – “Today, members of the U.S. Senate, with the support of White House officials, reached an agreement on a comprehensive proposal to overhaul our current immigration system.

“Throughout his tenure, President Bush has worked diligently to achieve comprehensive immigration reform. Thanks to his leadership on this issue, we now are a significant step closer to improving an immigration system in desperate need of reform.

“The agreement made today not only addresses the status of the approximately 12 million undocumented residents already in the United States, but also provides for increased border security measures, stronger workforce enforcement provisions, and a temporary guest worker program to bring workers legally into the United States. The agreement also would change the emphasis for those seeking legal residency through proper channels to a merit-based system that takes into account job skills, English proficiency, and education.

“While our path to immigration reform has been a long one, I feel confident that ultimately our government is going to act consistently with the desire of Americans to have both a secure and a welcoming country. I am sure that in the coming weeks we will continue to see vigorous and, at times, heated debate by our lawmakers as they work towards a final resolution of these difficult issues.”

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