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Immigration and the Cuban connection

In Georgia to tout what some are suggesting may be his last opportunity for a big domestic policy victory, President Bush today credited two Cuban-Americans for helping him push an immigration overhaul.

Introducing Florida Sen. Mel Martinez and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Bush said the Cuban-born pair "represent what the immigration debate is all about.

"Will we be a welcoming place, a place of law that renews our spirit by giving people a chance to succeed?" Bush said.

He gave Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Martinez - who is getting flack from both sides on the issue - credit for pushing the proposal.

"It takes a lot of courage in the face of some of the criticism in the political world to do what's right, not what's comfortable," Bush said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported over the weekend that the GOP booed Chambliss at the state convention.


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