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US seeks to reform immigration system

Senate to vote on bipartisan bill that would create major legal opportunities for migrant workers in the country.

Last Modified: 16 Apr 2013 17:03
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The US immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan senate bill that seeks to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers in the country.

The bill would put the 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally on a 13-year path to US citizenship that would cost each $2,000 in fines plus additional fees.

The legislation would also create new immigration opportunities for tens of thousands of workers, as well as a new "merit visa" aimed at bringing people with special skills to the US.

Senators had planned to formally introduce the bill on Tuesday, but after Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon, a planned media event was delayed until later in the week.

Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

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