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A New, Principled Approach to Immigration Reform

Recorded on May 23, 2006

"Mike Pence tries to broker a deal between Bush and his right flank on immigration (from Time.com)"
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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

President Bush is correct to seek a rational middle ground concerning the various issues involved in reforming immigration policy. Representative Mike Pence has a new proposal to achieve that middle ground, based on a principled approach to addressing three key challenges:

  • Border Security - secure borders are crucial, especially in a time of terrorist threat, and preventing illegal entry and reducing unlawful presence in the United States is imperative;
  • Economic Security - incentives for illegal immigration should be replaced with a market-based option for legal tempo­rary labor; and
  • Citizenship Security - amnesty for illegal immigrants needs to be rejected, and our national commitment to welcoming and assimilating legal immigrants strengthened, with the goal of making them Americans.

Join us as Representative Pence addresses these core principles vital to genuine immigration reform.