Some Senate Judiciary Committee members are breaking with the House's approach in dealing with illegal immigrants.
The panel is refusing to make criminals of humanitarian groups or individuals who give more than emergency help to the immigrants. It also rejected a proposal by Texas Republican John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn) to make those groups register with the Homeland Security Department.
The committee faces a midnight deadline for wrapping up a bill with a version of the "guest worker" program President Bush wants. The House has rejected the program, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says the Senate will start debating a bill tomorrow without one if the effort fails.
Bush today said overhauling the nation's immigration policy won't be easy, but called for a civil and dignified debate over it.