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Bush Calls for Border Troops, Guest Workers

Three men (see enlargement) sit on the Mexican side of the border in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, as a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits in El Paso, Texas, on Monday.
Three men (see enlargement) sit on the Mexican side of the border in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, as a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle sits in El Paso, Texas, on Monday.

President Bush tells the nation in televised Oval Office speech on illegal immigration that "America can be a lawful society, and a welcoming society."

The president plans to send 6,000 National Guard troops to help tighten the U.S.-Mexico border.

But he also called again for a guest-worker program to help immigrants seeking jobs in the U.S.

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