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Bush, Fox Settle Short-Term Visa Spat

Mexican Visitors Would Bypass Being Photographed, Fingerprinted at Border. President Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox reached an agreement in principle Saturday that will allow millions of Mexicans with short-term visas to cross the border without being fingerprinted and photographed by U.S. authorities. One possible substitute security measure that the administration is considering would be issuing the short-term visitors, many of whom work on the U.S. side or have a relative there, a radio-frequency transponder similar to the EZPass toll-road device. The concession, announced after Fox stayed overnight at Bush’s ranch, represents an effort by the president to promote business and improve relations at a time when Congress is refusing to take up his plan to help Mexicans to work legally in the United States. Full Story

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