Senate to Consider Immigration Issue This Coming Week

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

immigration proposals.

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.

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