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But Hispanic rights groups are not united on the issue.

A group of immigrants and immigrant rights activists rallied outside of the Capitol yesterday calling for a broad bill rather than splitting it into parts.

“Last year, all these bills were terrible. This year, there are things we can live with,” said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat, who spoke at the rally. He said in a meeting of Democrats in California’s congressional delegation, every member supported the broad approach that included legalization.

Immigrant rights groups also disagree over whether to scrap the process, with several prominent groups arguing it is better to pass something out of the Senate and then try to alter it in the House or in a later conference committee between the two chambers.

At the White House, spokesman Tony Snow said the administration still expects to have the votes to pass the bill after “a pretty vigorous fight” over amendments in the Senate.