President Bush recently proposed a plan to "enhance homeland security through a comprehensive immigration reform program." It includes securing the US-Mexico border, preventing illegal crossings, and bolstering enforcement of immigration laws.
He also proposed a temporary worker program to "meet the economy's demands." There have been alternative plans, including the McCain-Kennedy proposal that lets illegal immigrants become citizens if they pay taxes and stay out of legal trouble.
Most frequent messages
1. Mexico's govt. repeated its opposition to the construction of barriers at the border
2. Vicente Fox says Mexico is working with the US to reach a workable immigration accord
3. Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist thinks Bush's border- control approach falls short
4. Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) supports the bipartisan McCain-Kennedy proposal
5. Some critics believe this is an attempt by the president to gain Hispanic voters' support
Based on analysis of more than 15,000 radio and TV broadcast news programs from Nov. 27-Dec. 1
Evaluation and analysis by VMS