Bush Urges Congress to Develop Immigration Reform Bill
By JOHN HOLUSHA
and CARL HULSE
Published: April 24, 2006
Saying that "massive deportation" of illegal immigrants already in the country "is not going to work," President Bush said today that immigration reform remained one of his top priorities and urged Congress to overcome partisan differences and develop a comprehensive bill.
The president made it clear that he preferred the Senate's approach, which would deal with the issue of undocumented immigrant workers, to the House of Representatives proposal that would convert them into felons. The House bill was passed last December.
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader blamed by Republicans for tying up the legislation, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, a chief architect of the Senate measure that fell apart two weeks ago, also called on Mr. Bush to get involved. In interviews, each said the president must push back against conservatives who want to limit the legislation to stronger border enforcement.
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