The Washington Times reports:
On the heels of signing a bill to boost border security funding, President Bush yesterday said immigration reform requires granting citizenship to current illegal aliens.Read it here.
"You can't kick 12 million people out of your country," Mr. Bush said at the White House celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. "We must figure out a way to say to those that if you're lawful and if you've contributed to the United States of America, there is a way for you to eventually earn citizenship."
It is the first time the president has used the phrase "earn citizenship," a description popular among groups that lobby for granting rights to illegal aliens. But many critics, including Republican leaders, equate that concept with amnesty.
What Bush is proposing is the only humane solution to the immigration crisis. As he points out, you cant simply kick twelve million people out of the company and blocking them from any hopes for citizenship would be cruel. Immigration restriction is not only is economically destructive, it is inhumane, but don't expect the Tancredos in his party to understand that.