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Thread: Bush to Push Immigration Reform

  1. #1
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - As Congress headed back Monday from a two-week recess, President Bush was in the country's most immigrant-rich state to push a stalled bill that would allow more foreigners to work legally in the United States.


    Lawmakers, with an eye on Election Day in just over six months, remain far apart on whether to crack down on illegal immigrants or embrace them as vital contributors to the U.S. economy.

    Bush wants a law that would give temporary guest worker permits to foreigners in low-paying jobs while strengthening border security. He was to push his idea in a speech Monday in Irvine, Calif., a state that has seen massive protests in recent weeks calling for immigrant rights.

    Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday he believes Congress will be able to work out differences and pass a bill. Specter, R-Pa., has pledged to have legislation ready for debate soon after lawmakers return.

    Specter said Democrats and Republicans have to agree on a list of amendments to consider. And he acknowledged that even if senators pass a bill with a guest worker program, it will be tough to work that out with House members who passed a much tougher bill that would impose criminal penalties on those who try to sneak into this country and would build up fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    "It would be a tough conference, candidly, with the House, but we were able to work through the Patriot Act although there were big disagreements," Specter said on CNN's "Late Edition."

    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., intends to seek passage of immigration legislation by Memorial Day by reviving the Senate bill that stalled earlier this month due to internal disputes in both parties as well as political maneuvering.

    In a gesture to conservative critics of the measure, Republican leadership aides said last week that Frist also will seek roughly $2 billion in immediate additional spending for border protection.

    Some conservatives have said the Senate bill is unacceptable because provisions allowing for eventual citizenship to some of the illegal immigrants already here amount to amnesty.

    Appearing with Specter, Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., said it is possible the Senate can pass a bill if "the administration will weigh in and the president will take a leadership role on this."

    "We need a bipartisan bill. We need a comprehensive bill," said Levin of Michigan, who appeared with Specter on "Late Edition" on CNN. "It's very possible we can get one, providing we address all of the problems, and not just one or two of them, since it's obvious our system is now broken."

    After his immigration speech, Bush was ending a four-day stay in California that also featured speeches on U.S. competitiveness and his energy plan, meetings with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former President Ford and plenty of time on his bike.

    Bush's massive entourage took an overnight detour to Napa Valley just so he could bike through the picturesque wine country Saturday, and he rode Sunday morning to a peak overlooking Palm Springs.

    He planned to stop in Las Vegas on his way home Monday to raise money for Republican Rep. Jon Porter (news, bio, voting record) at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

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  2. #2
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - As Congress headed back Monday from a two-week recess, President Bush was in the country's most immigrant-rich state to push a stalled bill that would allow more foreigners to work legally in the United States.


    Lawmakers, with an eye on Election Day in just over six months, remain far apart on whether to crack down on illegal immigrants or embrace them as vital contributors to the U.S. economy.

    Bush wants a law that would give temporary guest worker permits to foreigners in low-paying jobs while strengthening border security. He was to push his idea in a speech Monday in Irvine, Calif., a state that has seen massive protests in recent weeks calling for immigrant rights.

    Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday he believes Congress will be able to work out differences and pass a bill. Specter, R-Pa., has pledged to have legislation ready for debate soon after lawmakers return.

    Specter said Democrats and Republicans have to agree on a list of amendments to consider. And he acknowledged that even if senators pass a bill with a guest worker program, it will be tough to work that out with House members who passed a much tougher bill that would impose criminal penalties on those who try to sneak into this country and would build up fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    "It would be a tough conference, candidly, with the House, but we were able to work through the Patriot Act although there were big disagreements," Specter said on CNN's "Late Edition."

    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., intends to seek passage of immigration legislation by Memorial Day by reviving the Senate bill that stalled earlier this month due to internal disputes in both parties as well as political maneuvering.

    In a gesture to conservative critics of the measure, Republican leadership aides said last week that Frist also will seek roughly $2 billion in immediate additional spending for border protection.

    Some conservatives have said the Senate bill is unacceptable because provisions allowing for eventual citizenship to some of the illegal immigrants already here amount to amnesty.

    Appearing with Specter, Sen. Carl Levin (news, bio, voting record), D-Mich., said it is possible the Senate can pass a bill if "the administration will weigh in and the president will take a leadership role on this."

    "We need a bipartisan bill. We need a comprehensive bill," said Levin of Michigan, who appeared with Specter on "Late Edition" on CNN. "It's very possible we can get one, providing we address all of the problems, and not just one or two of them, since it's obvious our system is now broken."

    After his immigration speech, Bush was ending a four-day stay in California that also featured speeches on U.S. competitiveness and his energy plan, meetings with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former President Ford and plenty of time on his bike.

    Bush's massive entourage took an overnight detour to Napa Valley just so he could bike through the picturesque wine country Saturday, and he rode Sunday morning to a peak overlooking Palm Springs.

    He planned to stop in Las Vegas on his way home Monday to raise money for Republican Rep. Jon Porter (news, bio, voting record) at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino.

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  3. #3
    This is good news to hear that bush will finally bush this bill and take on the exremist in his party so lets hope he does just that..Enought hidding, its time for bush to make a strong final push on this issue, this issue had been stalled for too long now.

  4. #4
    f-u-c-k off Jean, you useless t-u-r-d........who cares what bush tries to do because at the end of the day what he wants still won't pass congress.......go back to mexico Jean, the United states does not need scumbags like you

  5. #5
    Paddy, may god deliver you from evil..You are a very angry human being..why so angry. you are my sister.Just because im mexican doesnt mean we cant be friend and live together.

  6. #6
    With all due respect Jean illegals need to return home, And go to the American embassy and apply the legal way for a visa. If you have to wait well so be it. What about the Mexican people that did it the right way. They get my respect!! Border jumpers irritate the people of my country. No one deserves a free pass!! Africa is a lot poorer than Mexico. So we should let them jump the border to??Actually if the Mexican men would stay in thier country they could improve it. But they are running like chickens to the border. Have some ***** and stay and face the problems of your country!!

  7. #7
    All illegals, OUT, OUT !!!!!

    And I don't give a $*it if you have 20 US born children and 20 year wait time to immigrate - TAKE YOUR KINDERGARTEN WITH YOU AND WAIT IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY !!!!

    I am so sick and tired of these whining, coward dirtbags !!!!!!

    LONG LIVE HR4437 , NO "GUEST WORKER" AMNESTY TO DIRTBAGS !!!!!!

    WWW.FAIRUS.ORG FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!

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