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Politics

Lawmakers tussle on immigration

WASHINGTON — Bickering across a deep divide, supporters of immigration legislation pushed back hard on Wednesday against Republican demands for tougher border security measures before millions living illegally in the country could take the first steps toward US citizenship.

Even modest changes were snared in the political crossfire that erupted on the first full day of debate on the measure, as the two sides failed to agree on terms for voting on seemingly noncontroversial proposals such as granting tribal officials a place on a Border Oversight Task Force.

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