US to ease immigrants' search for legal jobs
George Bush will send his proposal to the US Congress with proposal for an immigration policy that would help in matching willing employers with willing employees.Updated: Jan 06, 2004 22:17 IST
The Bush administration is working on a proposal to make it easier for immigrants to find work legally in the US.
President George W. Bush will soon send his proposal to the US Congress with recommendations for an immigration policy that would help in matching willing employers with willing employees, according to media reports here.
Bush has already ruled out a "blanket amnesty", or mass legalisation, for undocumented people living in the United States.
Although the White House has not provided many details of the proposal, it is largely expected to draw on an immigration bill sponsored by Arizona's Republican Senator John McCain.
The bill calls for the creation of an electronic job registry that would allow US employers to post jobs for American and foreign workers, according to Congressional sources.
The bill would also create a new type of temporary work visa.
Mexican President Vicente Fox has tried to improve the status of the estimated three million illegal Mexican immigrants in the United States.
He has pushed for an immigration agreement with the United States since he took office three years ago. But bilateral talks have stalled mainly because of US security concerns following the 9/11 attacks.
Once the question of Mexican immigrants is settled, it would become easier for illegal immigrants to seek legal jobs under the proposed bill.
First Published: Jan 03, 2004 00:00 IST