(WASHINGTON POST) Immigrants who are in the United States illegally could become citizens in 13 years under a plan being developed by a bipartisan Senate group, matching the overall wait proposed by the Obama administration, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday.
The Senate timeline, which is being finalized, would be structured slightly differently than President Obama’s. The nation’s 11 million undocumented residents could earn legal status after a decade and become naturalized citizens three years later. Obama’s proposal would grant green cards within eight years and, potentially, citizenship five years later.
In both scenarios, the undocumented immigrants would be required to pay a penalty, file back taxes and learn English.
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