These are the essential suggestions made by Bush concerning America's future immigration policy, stemming the influx of illegal immigrants:

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  • 6,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to the US-Mexican border, which is 3,140km (1,950 miles) long
  • High-tech fences, motion sensors, infrared cameras and unmanned aerial vehicles to help to secure the border
  • Illegal immigrants with roots in the US who want to stay must pay a fine, back taxes, learn English and work in a job for several years. Approval not automatic
  • Tamper-proof ID card for every legal foreign worker
  • A temporary guest-worker programme for immigrants to do jobs that US citizens are unwilling to do. Workers must return to home country at conclusion of their work

  • In a televised speech from the Oval Office on Monday night, Mr Bush issued a call to find a “rational middle ground” on immigration, proposing tougher border security while giving millions of immigrants the chance of US citizenship.
    His decision to deploy 6,000 National Guard troops next month to California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico to beef up security along the Mexican border drew a mixed response from the states’ governors, while members of both parties said the troops were already stretched too thin in Iraq.
    In a politically courageous move, Mr Bush embraced the Senate’s proposal. Border security and citizenship “are not contradictory goals”, he said. “America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time.”
    Mr Bush was treading a slender path: trying not to alienate his conservative base, while at the same time trying to entice the rapidly growing Hispanic population into the Republican party. But it was clear he had done little to sway either side.

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