Is Bushs plan for illegal immigrants practical, or amnesty?
Web Link Send this news item to a Friend Sign-up for Daily News Updates April 11, 2007 WASHINGTON – With a call Monday for a “practical answer” to dealing with illegal immigrants already in the US, President Bush did what Congress’s Democratic leadership had urged him to do: go first. By stepping out front on immigration reform, the president signaled his readiness to take on an issue many here see as toxic, roiling lawmakers of the same party, neighbors on the same street, and the business community. Whether Mr. Bush can deliver enough votes to push through the broad reform law he wants is what Democrats are asking, knowing he has been battered by the Iraq war and has lost influence even within his own party. Democrats say he needs at least 25 Republicans in the Senate and 70 in the House for it to have a shot at passing – and for them to bring a bill to the floor. Bush’s proposal – the product of weeks of negotiation with GOP senators – would require immigrants in the United States i