April 6, 2006

Senators announce immigration deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate leaders on Thursday announced
a bipartisan compromise on an overhaul of U.S. immigration
laws, giving some illegal immigrants a path to citizenship and
creating a temporary worker program.

"I think we're looking like we may be able to dance this
afternoon," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada told

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican,
appeared with Reid and said "We have a great opportunity to
deliver to the American people what they expect, what they
deserve," a comprehensive border security and immigration
reform bill.

The deal, which would include a temporary worker program
backed by President George W. Bush, would allow illegal
immigrants who have been in the United States more than five
years a chance to become citizens if they meet a series of
requirements and paid a fine. Other rules would apply to people
less than five years.