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US Senators File Immigration Bill

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Ninety-seven-year-old Mercedes Rosa Ruiz Mejia from Nicaragua joins over 5,000 other immigrants taking the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles, California, April 16, 2013.

Ninety-seven-year-old Mercedes Rosa Ruiz Mejia from Nicaragua joins over 5,000 other immigrants taking the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles, California, April 16, 2013.

A bipartisan group U.S. senators has formally filed a long-awaited immigration reform bill.

Senator Chuck Schumer filed the 844-page bill early Wednesday.

The bill provides a 13-year path to citizenship for more than 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. It also creates new visa programs while bolstering border security.

Both conservatives and liberals have criticized the bill. The so-called "Gang of Eight" senators who wrote the bill have pointed to this criticism to show they have reached a balanced, bipartisan solution.

Senator Schumer, a Democrat, and Senator John McCain, a Republican met with President Barack Obama late Tuesday to discuss their immigration bill. After the meeting, the president urged the Senate to quickly move the bill forward.

Video report by Cindy Saine
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