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    Two stories on Kerry. In one he's pro-illegal and in the other he's

    Kerry vows action for migrants
    Promises to ease citizenship within first 100 days in office
    By Jon Kamman
    The Arizona Republic (Phoenix), June 30, 2004

    Sen. John Kerry pledged Tuesday in Phoenix that within 100 days of
    becoming president he would ask Congress for immigration reforms that
    would put undocumented immigrants on a path toward U.S. citizenship
    and establish a guest-worker program for temporary labor.

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's proposal for "earned
    legalization" brought cheers from a highly partisan audience of more
    than 4,000 members of the National Council of La Raza.

    The nation's largest civil rights group is an advocate for the
    nation's rapidly growing Hispanic population, which, at more than 38.8
    million members, recently became the nation's largest minority group.

    Kerry's speech closed out a five-day convention that drew more than
    20,000 participants and made Phoenix, in effect, the Latino power
    center of the nation.

    "Our immigration system is broken," Kerry told the crowd at Phoenix
    Civic Plaza.

    "Hundreds of people seeking only a better life for their children die
    terrible deaths in the desert," he said. "Millions live in the shadows
    of our country, frightened, exploited and often abused."

    Although short on specifics, the speech was Kerry's first elaboration
    on his campaign's general theme that hardworking, taxpaying and
    law-abiding immigrants should have an opportunity to become legal

    In broad terms, the Kerry measure did not appear to differ greatly
    from a bill sponsored in both chambers of Congress by a trio of
    Arizona Republicans: Reps. Jim Kolbe and Jeff Flake and Sen. John

    President Bush late last year also proposed immigration reforms, but
    his plan, never set forth in specific legislation, would not give
    unlawful border crossers a chance to become citizens without returning
    first to their home countries.

    Bush campaign spokesman Danny Diaz said Kerry was "being very
    disingenuous with voters" on the immigration issue because only two of
    the 314 measures he has sponsored as a Massachusetts senator have
    dealt with immigration issues.

    "The president has a record of accomplishment that relates to
    Hispanics," Diaz said, citing programs aimed at "quality schools, good
    homes, good-paying jobs and a safe and secure environment."

    But Kerry's national campaign co-chairman, Los Angeles City Councilman
    Antonio Villaraigosa, said, "If Bush was supportive, he would have
    pushed an earned legalization program by now. If he wanted it, it
    would have been done."

    Under Kerry's plan, immigrants would qualify for legal residency, the
    first step toward citizenship, after five years in this country and
    close screening for security purposes.

    Kerry's administration also would fund English and civics classes to
    help qualifying immigrants assimilate.

    At the same time, a limited number of temporary workers would be
    allowed into the country to work under the protections of labor laws,
    including wage standards, that apply to U.S. citizens.

    Kerry said he also would make it easier for immigrants' families,
    divided by a border, to reunite. Even workers legally in this country
    face long waits for visas so their immediate families can join them or
    they jeopardize their own immigration status if they return to their
    home country.

    Kerry said he would tighten border security through a cooperative
    effort with Mexico and by developing a reliable "watch list" for
    criminals or terrorists trying to enter the country.

    His first steps on immigration would be to sign "in a heartbeat" two
    measures that have bipartisan backing in Congress but have not won
    solid support from the Bush administration.

    The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM,
    Act, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would give undocumented
    youths living and attending schools in the United States the right to
    stay in the country to go to college if they met other qualifications.

    The AgJobs bill, sponsored by Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and 62 Senate
    co-sponsors, would ensure rights and offer employee and environmental
    protections for law-abiding farmworkers.

    In his 45-minute speech and in answers to four questions from the
    audience, Kerry also hammered on domestic issues of education, health
    care, employment and energy independence.

    He said the Bush administration has either mishandled the issues or
    sacrificed them to a "credo of greed" that gives major tax breaks to
    people with annual incomes above $200,000.

    Hispanic unemployment has risen more than 30 percent in the past three
    years, he said, and 1.4 million Hispanics are jobless.

    "Those finally getting jobs are being paid an average of $9,000 less a
    year," he said.

    Nearly one-fourth of Hispanic children are growing up without health
    insurance, and the overall uninsured rate for Hispanics is about 1 in
    3, Kerry said.

    "Under my health plan, we will cover every child in America and 95
    percent of adults," he said.

    Kerry said that, in the more than three years since Bush took office,
    his administration has not developed a plan for health care.

    In a slap at Bush's credibility, he added, "They don't even have a
    fake plan, which you would expect from this administration."

    Kerry Opposes Licenses for Migrants
    By Maria L. La Ganga
    Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2004,3379534.story

    PITTSBURGH -- Sen. John F. Kerry said he opposed giving driver's
    licenses to illegal immigrants, taking a hard-line position on a
    controversial issue hours after he vowed to champion immigration
    reform during a speech to Latino leaders in Phoenix.

    In comments to the Spanish-language network Telemundo late Tuesday,
    the Democratic presidential candidate said he thought granting
    licenses to those in the country illegally violated the spirit of the

    "I think that driver's licenses are part of the legality of being
    here, and if you've been here a period of time we may work something
    out as part of that immigration process," he said in the interview
    after addressing the National Council of La Raza's annual conference.

    "But I wouldn't give somebody who is automatically one year in here
    illegally all the rights and privileges of being here legally," he
    said. "I think that's wrong. That defeats the purposes of the law."

    Addressing the Latino activist organization Tuesday afternoon, Kerry
    said he would introduce a comprehensive immigration reform bill in his
    first 100 days as president, creating a pathway to citizenship for
    law-abiding workers in the country illegally, speeding family
    reunification and enforcing existing laws protecting the border.

    Kerry has actively courted the Latino and African American vote in
    recent days, and Tuesday he received standing ovations at both the La
    Raza conference and at a convention in Chicago of Rainbow/PUSH, the
    civil rights group headed by the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.

    But Kerry's comments regarding driver's licenses could hurt his
    standing among Latino voters.

    The debate over granting licenses to undocumented workers helped
    unseat Gov. Gray Davis in California's recall election last year.
    Davis had signed legislation making it legal for undocumented
    immigrants to get licenses in the months leading up to the recall.
    Soon after taking office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger repealed the law.

    Kerry also took a tough stance in the Telemundo interview when asked
    his opinion about raids by immigration authorities. He said those in
    the country illegally but who follow the law, pay taxes and are
    raising a family should be able to attain citizenship. But Kerry
    said he had no sympathy for illegal immigrants who broke other laws.

    "If you've broken the law and you don't have the situation where you
    have family and you've paid taxes and you're in illegal status,
    you're in illegal status," he said.

    Kerry, a former prosecutor, added: "I've always believed the law has
    to mean something."


    Kerry: No Licenses for Illegal Immigrants
    By Nedra Pickler
    The Associated Press, June 30, 2004
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    I've given up on Kerry.. he seems to be pro and anti everything...


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      Oh, yeah, forgot to include this:
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