George W. Bush was the president of the United States from 2001-2009 and during his presidency, he made many significant decisions about immigration, including what to do with illegal immigrants in America. One of Bush’s main accomplishments on immigration is that he tried to pass a law giving people living illegally in America an opportunity to gain legal status if they had children who were citizens or legal residents.
There are many reasons why President Bush’s immigration policies were controversial. One is because he instituted a program to allow the hiring of more temporary foreign workers, which some people viewed as an attempt to undermine American jobs. Another was his decision not to seek comprehensive reform during his presidency- instead opting for piecemeal legislation on individual issues like border security and guest worker programs.
In addition, he ordered construction of hundreds of miles of physical barriers along the Mexican border in 2006, which angered Mexicans by making it harder for them enter America legally while also angering businesses that rely on low-wage immigrant labor from Mexico who could no longer cross easily into the country without being detected or apprehended by Border Patrol agents.