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Former President George W. Bush speaks at the 'topping out' ceremony at the construction site of the George Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in October 2011.

During his opening remarks Tuesday at a daylong conference on immigration and the economy, former President George W. Bush urged the nation’s leaders to debate immigration reform with compassion and kindness. “Not only do immigrants help build the economy, they invigorate our soul,” he said. Read more» 1

State Rep. Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, the House Minority Whip, shown here in Charlotte, N.C. at the Democratic National Convention in September, said a new GOP immigration reform bill is a strategy to appeal to Latino voters and isn't a serious attempt at comprehensive immigration reform.

A new Republican plan dubbed the Achieve Act, offered by Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, would offer certain illegal immigrants legal status without granting citizenship. But several Latino groups see the new plan as a ploy to gain Latino votes. Read more»

An estimated 25,000 demonstrators attended the rally in Dallas to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on May 1, 2010.

Despite increased talk about immigration reform ahead of the 113th U.S. Congress, which convenes in January, actions taken this week by lawmakers in Washington indicate that there is still considerable ground to cover before a deal is reached. Read more»

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz, right, and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, proposed new immigration reform legislation that would give illegal immigrants a shot at legal status via a multiyear, three-step visa process.

Sen. Jon Kyl unveiled an immigration reform plan to let young immigrants, brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, earn the right to stay in the U.S., without creating a path to citizenship. Read more»