President Bush is extending his weekend trip to California to speak in Irvine on Monday on the volatile issue of immigration overhauls.
Bush will speak to the Orange County Business Council between 8 and 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, according to Myal Greene, spokesman for U.S. Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine.
The president has repeatedly said he favors a comprehensive approach to immigration overhauls, one that strengthens borders and includes a guest-worker program that matches “willing workers with jobs that Americans won’t do.” That position puts him at odds with many Republicans in Orange County, including Campbell, who plans to attend the Monday event in his district.
The majority of GOP House members oppose a guest-worker plan.
“The congressman sees this as an opportunity to share his concerns with the president,” Greene said.
Legislation to bolster border security, institute a temporary guest-worker program and provide a path to legalization for many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country stalled in the Senate two weeks ago. It is slated for further debate when the Senate reconvenes next week.
The House passed an enforcement-only measure in December.