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Immigration Battles Continue in Deeply Divided Senate

A massive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies continued to move through the Senate this week as conservatives pushed for harsher measures against illegal immigrants and President Bush urged the Congress to balance between tighter borders and a guest worker program. Kwame Holman reports.

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  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    President Bush renewed his call this week for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a temporary worker program and a path toward eventual citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

    But to placate agitated conservatives within his own party, the president placed a priority on enforcing border controls to slow the flow of illegal crossings.

    He followed his prime-time Oval Office address on Monday with a visit yesterday to the Arizona border. He repeated his call to bring in 6,000 National Guard troops to bolster border security and endorsed building fences and other barriers, as well.

    GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States: I believe, in order for the Border Patrol to be able to effectively do their job, we've got to have a plan in place that will reduce the people who are trying to sneak across.

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