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Bush calls again for guest worker program as US students protest immigration reforms

[JURIST] President Bush on Friday completed a two-day summit in Cancun with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper by once again calling on the US Congress [joint remarks transcript] to pass immigration reform legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States as temporary workers. Earlier this week the Senate Judiciary Committee approved draft immigration legislation [JURIST report] providing for a temporary guest worker program, but the provision is contentious and may yet fail, either on the Senate floor or in negotiations with the House, which passed stricter immigration legislation [JURIST report] late last year.

The end of the summit came the same day as thousands of students in California, Texas, Nevada and several other states held demonstrations [AP report] on the 79th anniversary of the birth of Hispanic labor leader Cesar Chavez [LAPL profile] to protest proposed measures that could lead to mass criminalizations and deportations of illegals. The Chicago Tribune has more.

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