chapter  8
Probationary Americans
Pages 8

On January 17, 2004, President George Bush proposed a new temporary worker program targeted at poorer immigrant workers from Mexico, one that probably would have been introduced earlier in his administration but for the attacks on September 11th. Flanked by his own cabinet, the Mexican Ambassador Tony Garza, and a host of Mexican American and Latino civil rights leaders, President Bush called for "a new temporary worker program that will match willing foreign workers with willing American employers, when no American can be found to fill the jobs." He also stressed that “foreign workers” would include "undocumented immigrants," who could join temporary worker programs so that they could "come out of hiding and participate legally in America's economy."1