Some details of the changes in immigration policy proposed by President Bush, according to senior administration officials who spoke with reporters Tuesday:
— The new "temporary worker program" would allow any of the estimated 8 million illegal immigrants (search) already in the United States or anyone abroad to apply for the right to work legally in the country for a three-year renewable term. The White House is not saying how long the term could be extended or how many times it could be renewed.
— An applicant for the program already in the United States must pay an unspecified registration fee and show he or she is currently employed. Applicants still in their home countries wouldn't have to pay fees, but must have jobs lined up.
— Employer must show no Americans wanted the jobs being applied for.
— Temporary workers would get the same protections afforded American workers.
— The worker must return to his or her home country at the end of the term.
— Dependents of the temporary workers would be allowed in the United States if workers can prove they can support them. The workers would be allowed to move freely back and forth between the United States and their home countries.
— The White House also is calling for an unspecified increase in the number of green cards (search) granted annually.
— The plan also would provide incentives for workers to return to their home countries, including the promise of access to retirement benefits and new tax savings accounts.
— Congress would have to write legislation for the proposed changes to take effect.