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New Bill Could Overhaul Current Immigration System

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The senate has opened debate on a far-reaching legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system, now offering the promise of citizenship to millions.

Supporters of the bill say it would make the country safer and help immigrants living in the nation illegally to get right with the law.

Opponents argue it will only offer amnesty without ever enforcing the immigration laws the country already has in place.

Despite these varying opinions lawmakers say they have a responsibility to find a solution.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R) Alabama, said "the members of the senate, the members of the congress, and the American people, they need to be asking, does this bill do what has been promised for it?"

If it does he said "we may be on the track to doing something good. But if it doesn't, it needs to be rejected. We cannot go down the path of amnesty now and another massive illegality in the future. Cannot do that."

The senate is expected to debate for weeks on the bill with votes starting Tuesday to move the measure forward.

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