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Senate plan alters immigrants’ waiting periods

WASHINGTON — The nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants would have to wait a full decade for a green card but could earn citizenship just three years after that, under a measure being finalized by a bipartisan group of eight senators working to craft an overhaul of immigration law, several people with knowledge of the negotiations said.

Taken together, the two waiting periods would provide the nation’s illegal immigrants workers with a path to US citizenship in 13 years, matching the draft of a plan by President Obama to offer full participation in US democracy to millions who are living in fear of deportation.

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