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YAKIMA, Wash. - Students from two high schools in Yakima have walked out of classes to protest a proposed immigration law.

The students walked out of Davis High School and Eisenhower High School this morning and say they are opposed to proposed legislation that would crack down on illegal immigrants and those who hire them. It also authorizes more border fencing. President Bush also wants a guest worker program.

Protesters say the law would require the deportation of millions of immigrants, including - for some students - their parents. One student says she will protest until the proposed legislation is defeated.

Similar protests are being held all across the country today. In California, hundreds of students walked out of class again on Monday in protest. A rally is also taking place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C..

Some Senate Judiciary Committee members are breaking with the House's approach in dealing with illegal immigrants. The panel is refusing to make criminals of humanitarian groups or individuals who give more than emergency help to the immigrants.

It also rejected a proposal by Texas Republican John Cornyn to make those groups register with the Homeland Security Department.

The committee faces a midnight deadline for scrapping up a bill with a version of the "guest worker" worker program proposed by President Bush. The House has rejected the program, and the Senate Majority Leader, Bill First says the Senate will begin debating the bill tomorrow without one if the effort fails.

Bush said today that overhauling the nation's immigration policy won't be easy, but called for a civil and dignified debate over it.

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