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Senate Considers Immigration Overhaul Bill

The Senate and President Bush are trying to revive efforts to pass an immigration reform bill, despite a push from some Republicans for more hard-line provisions. The NewsHour reports on the debate on Capitol Hill.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Another try at immigration reform. NewsHour congressional correspondent Kwame Holman has that story.

    GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States: It's important for our fellow citizens to understand comprehensive immigration reform is in the nation's interest.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    For President Bush, signing an immigration bill would be considered one of the top domestic accomplishments of his administration.

    SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader: Some have said to me — in fact, I just left the Senate floor — "do it some other time, give us a little more time." We don't have other time.

  • KWAME HOLMAN:

    For congressional Democrats, in the majority for the first time in 12 years, an overhaul of immigration laws would support their promise of bipartisanship. But a deal on an immigration bill remains elusive, despite two months of intense negotiations between the White House and top Senate leaders and a midnight deadline set by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

  • SEN. HARRY REID:

    There has been some accomplishments, certainly a long ways from where we need to be, but some accomplishments.

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