New immigration reform bill to be discussed in Senate on Friday

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366151186&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4019896&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366151186 type=script]WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — A bipartisan senate team is introducing legislation that would give 11 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

The proposed bill would allow illegal immigrants to live in the United States legally if they pass a background check.

However, they would be barred from benefits such as welfare or healthcare.

After thirteen years, they could seek citizenship after more than $2,000 in fines and additional fees.

“We’re not talking about bringing millions of people here illegally,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said. “They are here now and they are going to be here for the rest of their lives.”

The bill, though bipartisan, has its opponents.

“I really think that we have to think this through,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said. “I’m really worried about the impact it will have on the average working American.”

The legislation would bring about the most extensive changes to immigration law in the past 25 years.

Senators will begin hearings on the bill on Friday.

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