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In immigration bill, shift from family ties to merit

New criteria expected to alter type of resident

WASHINGTON — A sweeping immigration bill that a bipartisan group of eight senators completed Tuesday seeks not only to fix chronic problems in the system and bring an estimated 11 million immigrants to the right side of the law. It would also reorient future immigration with the goal of bringing foreigners to the country based increasingly on the job skills and personal assets they can offer.

The bill, by four Democrats and four Republicans, is the most ambitious effort in at least 26 years to repair, update, and reshape the US immigration system.

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