Report: US President Bush will try to gain immigrant votes

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A published report says that US President George Bush will attempt to gain Hispanic voters for the 2006 elections by "relaxing immigration policies."

Strategists told the Los Angeles Times that the plan will attempt to bring Hispanic businesses and immigration advocates into the Republican party, while marginalizing hard-liners in the party.

The Americans for Border and Economic Security is a public relations campaign led by former Republican National Committee chairman turned lobbyist Ed Gillespie and former Democratic Congressman Cal Dooley and former Republican Congressman Dick Armey.

Republican strategists worry that tough anti-immigration talk by some in the party is undermining efforts to increase Hispanic membership.