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Tu Decides: U.S. Immigration Reform Bill Released

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The senators known as the "Gang of Eight" released the full text of their immigration reform bill called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

It is an 844-page document that addresses border security, undocumented immigrants and the legal immigration system.

The bill would allow undocumented immigrants to become citizens after a lengthy process and after border security improvements, along with strengthened enforcement and changes to the way visas are issued.

"People talk about how this is a broken immigration system, so this is a great step in the direction of fixing that both for the people who are already here in the country but also those who wish to come and contribute to our economy and our society," said Martin Valasez of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

It would also require employers to check job applicants through the government's online e-verify system to ensure they are authorized to work in the U.S.

You can read more about the immigration reform bill in the current issue of Tu Decides, the bilingual newspaper.

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