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Bush Calls For Immigration System Reform

Bush spoke today in an Arizona town near the border of the country to speak about gathering support for a new type of immigration bill that would emphasize security and enforcement as well as assimilation, according to an article in the New York Times. The president established that he is serious about the issue, and insisted that harsher restrictions were working and cited statistics that affirmed that. A bill was passed in the senate last year that would have put more illegal immigrants on the path to citizenship, but stalled due to conservation opposition in the house. The feelings about immigration vary, but the need for reform in the system is generally agreed upon.

The article exists mostly to give an idea of the president's intentions about immigration reform, and after summarizing the speech he gave and the event it goes into sections that attribute heavily. The article is coverage of a speech, essentially, that outlines some recent activity related to immigration but mostly just quotes Bush as well as those in the senate, giving their opinions on the issue. Bush's speech is quoted from heavily first, and the article then goes into giving the opinions of certain important senators like McCain, who will be campaigning for president.

The Washington Post's coverage of the issue quotes the speech and ends with a Bush quote on the immigration issue, and the lead is similar, but the overall body of the article does not draw as much from his actual speech like the article in the Times. More detail is given about the location where the president gave the speech, a state of the art border patrol system, which given the topic of the article is a key detail, and there's also a much longer history of the immigration issue and Bush's contributions to fixing it. Not only this, but a potential reform plan to be embraced by Bush is actually outlined by the article.

For these reasons I prefer the Washington Post article. It doesn't just quote Bush like the Times article did, it adds a lot of extra content and the addition of a detailed description of a proposed reform really helps the reader see what direction Bush is taking with the issue.