Immigration plan would have no citizenship guarantee
An immigration reform bill unveiled Friday would create a guest worker program and give legal status - but not guaranteed citizenship - to about 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a draft of his immigration proposals as the Senate prepares to return to Capitol Hill
The Specter bill would require temporary workers to return after six years and doesn't provide an avenue for citizenship, unlike a guest worker program proposed by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.
President Bush has made passage of a guest worker program a priority.
Another provision in the Specter bill would legalize the undocumented immigrants now living in the United States, but wouldn't allow them to become permanent citizens.
Hispanic and immigrant rights groups are voicing concerns about the citizenship provision. The San Antonio Express-News has more.
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