Immigration Proposal

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President Bush wants to offer millions of undocumented workers the chance stay in America legally.

In a speech this afternoon, he's proposing a three-year, renewable guest visa.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan says the current system is clearly "not working,” while Bush's plan will both fill low-wage jobs and treat immigrant workers with compassion.

Reaction to the plan is divided. California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez says it'll improve homeland security by giving authorities a better picture of who's in the country.

But some Hispanic groups are skeptical, noting the workers would need to go through existing channels to become permanent residents or citizens. A spokeswoman for the League of United Latin American Citizens calls Bush's plan a "temporary Band-Aid", not major reform.

At the same time, conservatives are vowing to fight a program they say rewards law-breakers.