A large contingency of governors are pushing President Bush and Congress for action on illegal immigration. This is one of the hot issues being discussed at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.

A group of western governors have put together a plan that asks for tougher border immigration enforcement that makes better use of technology, improvements in the visa system and adoption of a guest worker program. They also want the U.S. government to work with Mexico and other Latin America countries to address the underlying economic issues that send millions to the United States looking for work.

While governors want more enforcement, they are concerned that harsh measures alone would be detrimental to many states, especially where agriculture depends on immigrant labor.

Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has told lawmakers that the Senate will begin considering immigration legislation March 27, but Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has predicted the Senate won’t consider immigration reform until at least April or later.

Associated Press