'Gang of Eight' unveil immigration reform bill

8:04 PM, Apr 18, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled an immigration reform bill Thursday.

Members of the "Gang of Eight" say the proposal strengthens border security while creating a path to citizenship.

The package could affect the nearly 11 million undocumented residents currently in the United States.

Under the proposed law, it would take 10 years for undocumented workers to get a green card, and then another three years to gain citizenship. Along the way, undocumented workers would have to pay a fine and back taxes and pass a background check.

The group says they are confident they can convince their senate colleagues to join them in support of the measure.

Some conservative critics say a pathway to citizenship is equal to amnesty.


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