President Bush makes remarks on comprehensive immigration reform in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House compound Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush made an 11th hour plea Tuesday, asking the Senate to pass an immigration bill that has been languishing in that chamber since early June.
His comments came just a couple of hours before the Senate votes on a procedural motion to move ahead with the immigration reform measure, which needs 60 votes to pass.
If that hurdle is cleared, senators will begin considering some two dozen amendments, split evenly between Republicans and Democrats under an agreement brokered by a bipartisan group of senators who crafted the compromise bill.
"I view this as a historic opportunity for Congress to act," Bush told an audience of supporters at the Eisenhower office building. "This is a moment for people who have been elected to come together, focus on a problem and show the American people we can fix a problem."
The bill, Bush said, includes $4.4 billion for enforcement measures, including border protection; sets up a temporary worker program to address the needs of employers who rely on migrants; and requires that migrants learn English.
It's in the nation's interest "to bring people out of the shadows," Bush said.