May 15, 2006

Bush calls for “dramatic” boost in border controls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush called on
Monday for dramatic improvements in efforts to stem the flow of
illegal immigrants from Mexico and said: "We do not yet have
full control of the border."

Bush, in excerpts from a nationally televised address to be
delivered from the Oval Office at 8 p.m.(/0000 GMT), insisted,
however: "I am determined to change that."

Bush planned to announce the deployment of more than 5,000
National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border to support
efforts to catch illegal immigrants, a senior U.S. official

He also intended to renew his call for a guest-worker
program opposed by many conservatives but which he says is
essential to a comprehensive overhaul of U.S. immigration law.

"We must reduce the numbers of people trying to sneak
across," Bush planned to say.

"Tonight I am calling on Congress to provide funding for
dramatic improvements in manpower and technology at the