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2006-05-11 11:31:45

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic Senate leaders agreed on Thursday on a plan to revive a bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn U.S. citizenship. The sweeping immigration overhaul, which has triggered rallies by millions of immigrants and their supporters across the country, is expected to be considered by the Senate next week. Despite the agreement between Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the...

2006-05-01 10:32:14

By Alan Elsner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A one-day nationwide strike and business boycott got underway on Monday to demand legal rights for millions of illegal immigrants, with many U.S. businesses shutting down voluntarily to avoid disruption. Early reports suggested many of the estimated 11.5-12 million illegal immigrants in the country were obeying a call to stay away from work and boycott businesses, despite a mixed message from immigrant-rights organizations, some of which opposed...

2006-04-24 13:21:22

By Tabassum Zakaria IRVINE, California (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he doubted a "massive deportation" of foreigners living illegally in the United States would solve the country's immigration woes, as he tried to revive prospects for an election-year agreement in the divided U.S. Congress. Senators returned to Washington on Monday from a two-week recess after Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a compromise on what to do about an estimated 11.5...

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"...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'