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2006-07-05 13:40:00

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday vowed to keep working for immigration reform including a guest worker program, in the face of growing resistance from some senior Republicans who have vowed to block any concessions to illegal immigrants. As Republican lawmakers for and against comprehensive immigration reform convened dueling public hearings in Philadelphia and San Diego, Bush took a short trip from the White House to Alexandria, Virginia to...

2006-06-07 10:31:33

By Steve Holland OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Wednesday played down differences in the divided U.S. Congress over a plan to give millions of illegal immigrants a pathway to U.S. citizenship, saying the country was coming closer to a consensus. Facing a difficult task of rallying support for an immigration overhaul during a congressional election year, Bush insisted that most Americans agreed on the need for stricter border enforcement and a temporary...

2006-05-26 14:34:21

By Adam Tanner SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox praised Mexican immigrants for pushing Washington on immigration reform on Friday, the last day of a U.S. trip during which he drew Republican barbs over the issue. "We know about their contributions to this economy and to this country. We know about their loyalty to those who they work for," Fox said in a speech. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate backed an immigration bill that would give millions of illegal...

2006-05-25 17:27:18

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed an immigration overhaul that would give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens, as backers braced for a bruising battle with the House of Representatives. The Senate voted 62-36 for the bipartisan bill that couples border security and enforcement with a guest worker program and a plan that would put most of the 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants on a path to U.S....

2006-05-22 18:39:34

By Donna Smith WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday blocked a measure that opponents said would have slashed wages for guest farm workers and upset a coalition of lawmakers pushing to pass an overhaul of immigration law by the end of the week. The amendment offered by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, would have changed the way wage rates are calculated under a farm guest worker program that is part of the sweeping immigration reform bill. Chambliss, who...

2006-05-22 18:05:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday blocked a measure that opponents said would have slashed wages for guest farm workers and upset a coalition of lawmakers pushing to pass an overhaul of immigration law by the end of the week. The amendment offered by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, would have changed the way wage rates are calculated under a farm guest worker program that is part of the sweeping immigration reform bill. Chambliss, who opposes the...

2006-05-11 14:55:05

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...

2006-05-11 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...