Bush pushes for compromise on immigration bill
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
President Bush pressed Congress today to pass a comprehensive immigration bill that provides a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.
“The difficulty of this task is no excuse for avoiding it,” he said.
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Bush’s speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was intended to build momentum for Senate and House negotiators to resolve passionate disputes and produce a compromise. The two houses passed sharply different versions of the legislation.
The House bill generally is limited to border enforcement and cracking down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. The Senate version would tighten border security, offer a guest worker program to bring in new foreign workers and provide a chance at citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.