Bush to address nation on immigration Monday

Via CNN.com
05/12/2006

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush plans to address the nation Monday night on the immigration debate, trying to build momentum for legislation that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens.

The White House said it was seeking time from television networks
for the president’s remarks at 8 p.m. EST. Bush is to speak from the
Oval Office and his address is expected to run less than 20 minutes.

“This
is crunch time,” Tony Snow, the new White House press secretary said
Friday at his first off-camera, or informal, briefing.

On Thursday, Senate leaders reached a deal to revive a broad immigration bill that had appeared doomed just several weeks ago.

Key
to the agreement is who will be negotiating a compromise with the
House, which last December passed an enforcement-only bill that would
subject the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in
the United States to felony charges as well as deportation.

Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, said the Senate will send 14
Republicans and 12 Democrats to negotiate with the House, with seven of
the Republicans and five Democrats coming from the Judiciary Committee.
The remaining seven Republicans will be chosen by Frist and remaining
seven Democrats chosen by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

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