March 25, 2006 - Posted at 1:10 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Felony, fences, penalties or work programs.
Those are items Congress is trying to juggle as it deals with
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to approve some
version of a guest worker program favored by President Bush. It
would allow illegal immigrants who work to remain in the U.S., at
least temporarily, rather than be deported.
A bill introduced by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist doesn't
contain such a provision, focusing on border security.
Most of the demonstrations nationwide have targeted the tough
bill passed by the House. It doesn't include a guest-worker program
and would make it a felony for illegal immigrants to be in the U.S.
It would also crack down on employers who hire them and calls
for a fence along a third of the U.S.-Mexico border.