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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bush Revisits Migration Issues on Arizona Border

CRAWFORD, Texas -- U.S. President George W. Bush was expected to return Monday to the volatile issue of immigration, where his hope for a legislative breakthrough is complicated by cold relations with Congress.

Bush was expected Monday to be back in Yuma, Arizona, near the Mexican border, to inspect the construction of border fencing and to push for the creation of a guest worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

The trip serves as a bookend to the visit Bush made to the same southwest desert city last May. It also comes as tension rises over a new immigration proposal tied to the White House.

Bush's team is privately working hard to rally votes for what Bush calls "comprehensive reform" -- a mix of get-tough security with promises of fair treatment for undocumented residents.

The Democrat-led Congress, eager to show some accomplishment on a core issue, wants to get a law passed. So does Bush, who is seeing opportunities to advance his agenda.

Administration officials, led by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, have been meeting for weeks with Republican senators.

That expanded to a meeting in late March with key senators from both parties. Out of that session, a work-in-progress plan emerged -- one described as a draft by officials in both parties and advocacy groups.

The floated proposal has already met opposition. Thousands marched through Los Angeles on Saturday, protesting U.S. immigration policies and demanding amnesty for the country's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants.