US Senate panel approves broad immigration reform

Mon Mar 27, 2006 5:59 PM ET

WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) – An immigration reform bill that
would create a guest worker program pushed by President George W. Bush
and give millions of illegal immigrants a chance to earn citizenship
was approved on Monday by a U.S. Senate panel.

The first step toward comprehensive legislation was passed by the
Senate Judiciary Committee and now goes to the full Senate for debate.

Including the contested guest worker program, which would allow
future temporary workers a chance to become permanent residents, sets
the stage for a bruising battle over immigration. The bill would also
give some of the millions of illegal immigrants a chance to legalize
their status and earn eventual citizenship.

House of Representatives-passed legislation has focused solely on
tightening border security and enforcing immigration law, and many
conservative Republicans say the guest worker provision is a form of
amnesty.

© Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved.

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