Senate To Begin Debating Sweeping Immigration Bill

The Senate begins debate today on overhauling the nation's immigration laws.

Senators will consider a measure passed yesterday by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would clear the way for 11 million illegal aliens to seek U-S citizenship. It would create a guest worker program, which is what President Bush has been pushing and what the House has rejected.

The bill would clear the way for (m) millions of undocumented workers to seek U-S citizenship without having to first leave the country. The committee also voted to strip out proposed criminal penalties for residents found to be in this country illegally. Those sanctions are favored in the House.

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