Immigration reform bill being submitted to the Senate

By WEEK Reporter

Immigration reform bill being submitted to the Senate

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 11:37 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- Details on the Gang of Eight's immigration reform plan was unveiled Tuesday morning.

The bill will be filed to the Senate later Tuesday afternoon.

Under the bill, undocumented immigrants who were in America before December 31 of 2011 could apply for "provisional" legal status within six months of the bill's signing.

They would have to pay back taxes and a fine of $500.

However, after that it would take 10 years for those immigrants to be eligible for federal benefits, given they have worked and paid an additional fine.

Regarding border security, an additonal $3 billion will be allocated for increased surveillance and manpower along the Mexican border.

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