Immigration Reform Debate Roils Capitol Hill

Day to Day offers an update of the debate on Capitol Hill over immigration reform legislation. President Bush backs a plan that would allow for some form of guest worker program — an idea fiercely opposed by many members of his own Republican Party.

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MADELEINE BRAND, host:

From the studios of NPR West, this is DAY TO DAY. The lead today: immigration in Washington, where the Senate is debating new law and around the country. I'm Madeleine Brand.

ALEX CHADWICK, host:

I'm Alex Chadwick. We'll speak with the leader of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles, Roger Mahony.

BRAND: High school students are part of this debate, too. We'll hear from them.

CHADWICK: We'll begin with two senators, both Republicans, both on the committee that sent a new immigration bill to the Senate earlier this week. President Bush has endorsed important parts of it, especially allowing undocumented workers to become citizens. This is sometimes called the Amnesty Provision.

BRAND: But a lot of Republican senators prefer a version of a new immigration law that focuses on enforcement at the border. Something like that has already passed the House.

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