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Early pact made on US immigration overhaul

Plan combines enforcement and citizenship path

A bipartisan group of senators has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.

The senators were able to reach a deal by incorporating the Democrats’ insistence on a single comprehensive bill that would not deny eventual citizenship to illegal immigrants, with Republican demands that strong border and interior enforcement had to be clearly in place before Congress could consider legal status for illegal immigrants.

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