President George W. Bush has gone to great lengths to build Republican support for the bill, promoting it as necessary for both border security and for the US economy [press briefing transcript]. On Tuesday, Bush also said the guest worker program in the bill was important for moral reasons [transcript; press secretary statement], describing the plight of immigrants being smuggled into the country, working to care for their families. Despite the president's efforts, Republicans in the House may pose an even greater challenge for the bill's supporters, planning to demonstrate their opposition to the Senate bill by a party resolution. Last week House Republicans proposed a tougher immigration bill [JURIST report] that would establish English as the national language and bar all illegal immigrants from obtaining legal status. AP has more.
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