WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Bush has unveiled a new immigration reform proposal and it's already drawing fire. The bill would offer citizenship to some 12 million immigrants now in the united states illegally. It would allow illegal immigrants to obtain a visa after paying fees and a $5,000 fine. They would then be on track for permanent residency, which could take between eight and 13 years. Mexican Americans in our area say the proposal does not provide enough help to illegal immigrants who want to become citizens. The proposal also mandates tougher border security and workplace enforcement. The plan is good news for the Mexican government, which has spent years lobbying the US for comprehensive immigration reform to allow more people to work legally in the US. The president's new proposal would give preference to those with advanced degrees and highly specialized skills.
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