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US Senators File Immigration Bill

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.
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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
Eight US Senators Vow to Fight for Immigration Reformi
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April 19, 2013 2:24 AM
A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators, called "The Gang of Eight," has introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill, awaited for decades by many, but criticized by others as "amnesty" for those who came to the United States illegally. The bill would provide a lengthy path to citizenship for the more than 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally, while at the same time boosting security at the U.S. border with Mexico and establishing a modern visa system to speed up legal immigration. VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Capitol Hill.

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