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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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    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.


    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.


    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.


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

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