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AP source: Immigration bill could exclude many

 

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AJNA, 28, of Washington, an artist who goes by only her first name and is of Ethiopian and Eritrean descent, poses for a portrait at the end of the “Rally for Citizenship” on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A promised path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally may leave out hundreds of thousands of them.

Bipartisan Senate legislation would make legalization and ultimately citizenship available only to those who arrived in the U.S. before Dec. 31, 2011, according to a Senate aide with knowledge of the proposals. Anyone who came after that date would be subject to deportation.

The bill, expected to be introduced next week, also would require applicants to document that they were in the country before the cutoff date, have a clean criminal record a...



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