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Bush to Speak on Border Control, Guest Worker Program

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President Bush is to deliver a speech on immigration Monday, amid calls for broad reforms and tighter border security.

National security advisor Stephen Hadley says the televised speech will be about border control, internal security and a proposed guest worker program. Hadley told CNN television that one of the options being considered by the president is to send National Guard troops to the border to help prevent illegal crossings. He said some National Guard troops have already been sent to help border agents with intelligence gathering, training and logistics.

But Senator Chuck Hagel, a Democrat, said the role of the military and National Guard is not to help provide border security. He told ABC television that National Guard units are already being stretched to serve in Iraq.

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