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2006-04-10 07:29:19

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Up to half a million Hispanics and their supporters poured onto U.S. streets in the latest huge rally for immigrant rights on Sunday as Democrats and Republicans remained divided over plans to overhaul immigration laws. Up to 500,000 people marched through Dallas, many wearing white to symbolize peace, waving American flags and voicing anger at Congress' failure to pass reforms that would help many of the estimated 11-12 million illegal...

2006-04-09 22:06:14

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Up to half a million Hispanics and their supporters poured onto U.S. streets in the latest huge rally for immigrant rights on Sunday as Democrats and Republicans remained divided over plans to overhaul immigration laws. Up to 500,000 people marched through Dallas, many wearing white to symbolize peace, waving American flags and voicing anger at Congress' failure to pass reforms that would help many of the estimated 11-12 million illegal...

2006-04-09 20:55:25

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives remained opposed on Sunday to a guest worker program for illegal immigrants as up to half a million Hispanics and their supporters poured onto the streets in their latest huge protest. House Majority Leader John Boehner said he supported a bill already passed by the House that has angered immigrant groups by focusing on tightening the nation's borders and which does not include a guest...

2006-04-09 11:45:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House of Representatives Majority Leader John Boehner on Sunday rejected efforts to establish a guest worker program in the United States, despite calls from President Bush to make provisions for millions of current illegal immigrants. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said he supported a bill already passed by the House that focuses on tightening up the nation's borders but does not include a program for temporary workers. "You can't begin to talk about a guest...

2006-04-08 09:26:59

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush, trying to head off the latest in a string of setbacks, blamed Democratic "blocking tactics" on Saturday for stalling an immigration overhaul and urged an end to the impasse. Bush used his weekly radio address to point the finger at Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid for the breakdown on Friday of a Senate compromise plan to reform immigration law and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance for citizenship. Failure to...

2006-04-05 21:12:29

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday reached agreement on a compromise immigration plan to try to break an impasse over a bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become citizens. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee offered the measure as an alternative to legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now being debated by the Senate. At the same time Frist filed a motion to force a vote on the...

2006-04-02 13:47:00

By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers clashed on Sunday over whether to let some illegal immigrants stay in the United States and work for citizenship, suggesting compromise may elude Congress on a politically sensitive issue. "There's a chasm between the House and the Senate," Illinois Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin said on CBS's "Face the Nation." The Senate is debating a bill that would tighten security along the Mexican border, create a temporary "guest-worker"...

2006-03-31 07:11:22

By Matt Spetalnick CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - President Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada will try to paper over their immigration and trade disputes on Friday as they wrap up a North American summit with little progress in easing tensions. Bush's talks with Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday turned into an exercise in lowering expectations, with both saying the sweeping immigration reform they seek is out of their hands while the U.S. Senate debates the matter. A...

2006-03-31 02:30:27

By Matt Spetalnick CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - President Bush and the leaders of Mexico and Canada will try to paper over their immigration and trade disputes on Friday as they wrap up a North American summit with little progress in easing tensions. Bush's talks with Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday turned into an exercise in lowering expectations, with both saying the sweeping immigration reform they seek is out of their hands while the U.S. Senate debates the matter. A...

2006-03-30 18:35:00

By Matt Spetalnick and Adriana Barrera CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush reassured Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday he was committed to getting the U.S. Congress to approve broad immigration reforms, including a guest worker program. Speaking after talks with Fox in the Mexican resort of Cancun, Bush told reporters: "I'm confident we can get a bill done." He made no prediction on the timing of such legislation, which the U.S. Senate started debating on...