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Latinos say the President's plan gives illegal immigrants who want to become citizens false hope. They also say the agreement faces a rocky road on Capitol Hill because of ambiguous areas that still require clarification. The Mexican government spent years lobbying the US for comprehensive immigration reform to allow more people to work legally in the US. "I think it's a good idea but not well-executed," says Janett Adams, Director of La Prensa de las Carolinas, a Hispanic newspaper. Some Mexican Americans say Bush's new proposal is merely an example of politicians giving false hope to immigrants now - in return for votes next year. "I think it is political gain for both parties." If passed, the new reform act suggests illegal immigrants be granted citizenship after paying more than $5,000 in fees and waiting between eight and thirteen years. Critics say that creates too many barriers for illegals who have been contributing to the US economy for years. "What I see is that they are behind every force. If you drive anywhere, they are the workers. They are on top of the roofs, they are fixing the roads. And if you go to a restaurant, chances are, they are washing your dishes and taking care of you. So pretty much, it will affect a lot." The Bush plan also outlines tighter border control restrictions. Wilmington resident Donald Sullivan has been urging tighter border control for years, and volunteered to patrol the US/Mexican border with the minutemen project. "We are being overwhelmed. It is an invasion. The government is not doing its job," says Sullivan. The President's new proposal would give preference to those with advanced degrees and highly specialized skills.

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