Bush spoke at the Hispanic organization Esperanza Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The morning after U.S. senators reached a hard-fought, bipartisan agreement to revive an immigration bill for debate, it appeared apt that President Bush should speak to the Hispanic organization Esperanza - "Hope."
"I continue to work closely with members of both parties to get past our differences and pass a bill I can sign this year," the president said Friday at Esperanza's annual National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast. More than 750 clergy and community leaders belong to the faith-based organization, according to its Web site.
"At this breakfast we set aside our politics and come together in prayer," Bush said. "Each day our nation fails to act, our problem only grows worse," he said. There are 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of them from Mexico.
The contentious immigration bill stalled in the Senate last week, preventing many senators from offering amendments. Thursday night's agreement would allow about 20 amendments to be considered - half from each party. Debate could begin late next week.