Immigration: From the Streets to Capitol Hill

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From Washington to Detroit to Los Angeles, there were more demonstrations today as President Bush called again for a three-part guest worker program. As the President spoke, the Senate Judiciary Committee was preparing to take up the issue of immigration after a week-long recess and three weeks of hearings and meetings that failed to produce a bill. Will protests help the Republicans in November or is the GOP too divided to capitalize if there's a backlash? What about the 11 million illegal immigrants who are already here? What will it all mean for this year's presidential election in Mexico? We hear about a 700-mile border fence, an employer crackdown, a guest worker program and how organizers turned out a half million people in downtown Los Angeles.
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President Bush on immigration reform

The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 (S 1033, Kennedy-McCain)

Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 (HR 4437, Sensenbrenner)

Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 (S 1438, Cornyn-Kyl)

Securing America's Borders Act (S 2454, Frist)

Cardinal Mahony's Lenten message on immigration reform

US Conference of Catholic Bishops on immigration reform

Kaus column on immigration as hot-button issue

US v Moussaoui



Warren Olney