Fox seeks to open U.S. borders

By Audrey Hudson and James G. Lakely; January 12, 2004; published in The Washington Times

Mexican President Vicente Fox yesterday said he favors open borders across North America, not amnesty for his countrymen illegally residing in the United States.

The alien work program announced last week by President Bush would not encourage aliens to remain in the United States, because they love their home country, the Mexican president told the "Fox News Sunday" program.

"We are not looking for an amnesty [for] Mexico. It's not that we're looking for these Mexicans working productively in the United States to become U.S. citizens...

Mr. Fox said all immigration barriers should be removed to allow people to live and work in the country of their choosing, whether it be Mexico, the United States or Canada.

Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans said ... "And what the president has said is that we've got to get a system in place that only allows legal immigrants to take jobs that may otherwise go to an American."...

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut [said]... The proposal is "a little step forward, but not enough," Mr. Lieberman told CNN. "We've got to find a way to make them legal, have them contribute to the system, become part of the American family, and then start again at trying to make the flow of immigration in here legal and not illegal."

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