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Temporary Work Permits for Illegal Immigrants

President Bush is proposing some major changes to U.S. immigration policies. He wants to give nearly eight million illegal immigrants temporary work permits. The proposal is generating lots of questions and concerns in Gadsden County.

Paula Corpus is one of hundreds of legal Mexican residents who make a living working in the agriculture industry in Gadsden County. She is now excited about President Bush's new proposal, which will grant more than 300,000 illegal Florida immigrants temporary work permits.

"It's opening a lot of doors for both immigrants and owners of big business agricultures mostly all these people are willing to work if they don't have the right documents they really can't work," says Paula Corpus.

Still, some critics say this new proposal will take jobs away from millions of Americans, but Gadsden County employers disagree.

"That is certainly not true for this business and there are not enough people who are willing to wok in agriculture, specially because the work is hard, the weather condition can be inclement," says Edward Sossaman.

Many who work in these fields are reluctant to embrace this new proposal. In fact, they've bombarded the local farmer's union with questions and concerns.

"One of the big questions is will this lead to any permanent resident? Where do the workers they already been here for years and years in the United States and have family and are established, what is there for them here with this program," says Evelia Menjivar.

Those questions should be answered in months to come. The new proposed work permits will allow illegal immigrants to work up for three years at a time. The president's plan, however, still faces congressional scrutiny.


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