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House group finalizing immigration bill

Has longer path to citizenship

WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans and Democrats in the House is finalizing a sweeping immigration bill that offers work permits and a prospect of citizenship to millions of people in the United States illegally, aides say. That path to citizenship, however, is likely to take at least 15 years for many, longer than envisioned by Senate immigration negotiators or President Obama.

The secretive House effort, which also aims to further tighten the border against foreigners crossing illegally into the United States and crack down on employers who hire them, has been overshadowed by bipartisan negotiations in the Senate, which is expected to act first on immigration legislation. But it was an important indication that a number of lawmakers, including Republicans in the conservative-dominated House, want to have a say in crafting a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law.

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