Immigration came to the fore in Arizona, where Protect Arizona Now qualified Proposition 200, a controversial citizens' initiative.  "The Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act," would require proof of citizenship to register to vote, photo ID to vote, and proof of eligibility for non-federally mandated public benefits.  (Individuals and groups opposing Proposition 200 united in the Campaign to Defeat Prop 200).  The third presidential debate was held in Tempe, AZ and moderator Bob Schieffer, noting that he "got more e-mail this week on this question than any other question" asked the two major party candidates to address the immigration problem (their responses).


Primary Period
President Bush proposed a new temporary worker program in a speech in the East Room of the White House on January 7, 2004.  Major Democratic presidential candidates reacted critically.

Sen. Lieberman released his immigration reform agenda on September 3, 2003 (the eve of the Democratic presidential debate in New Mexico sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus).

U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Immigration & Borders
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
AFL-CIO-Immigrant Workers
Federation for American Immigration Reform
Rep. Tom Tancredo (D-CO) -Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus

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