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July 01, 2006

US Lawmakers Continue Work on Immigration Reform

By Deborah Tate, Voice Of America, Capitol Hill, 28 June 2006

“Several U.S. lawmakers are working behind the scenes to try to forge a compromise between very different plans for immigration reform passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The House and Senate have passed widely differing proposals for overhauling the nation's immigration system.

The Senate bill - which President Bush supports - includes a guest worker program that would give many illegal immigrants in the United States the opportunity to pursue citizenship if they meet certain conditions. It also includes border security provisions.

The House bill, by contrast, emphasizes border security - and proposes building a fence along much of the U.S.-Mexican border. The House measure does not include a guest worker program.

Supporters of the Senate bill say any immigration reform bill must include a guest worker plan to address the 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

But those who back the House measure generally oppose a guest worker program, arguing it amounts to amnesty.

For weeks it looked as though compromise was impossible”.

At; http://www.voanews.com/english/2006-06-28-voa73.cfm

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 1, 2006 08:58 AM


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