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Democrats Eye Legal Path for Some Undocumented Immigrants

  • Immigration measure would be part of planned economic package
  • 8 Million Dreamers, migrant and ‘essential’ workers targeted
Protesters march in support of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that will provide a path to citizenship for people with temporary protected status, in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

Protesters march in support of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, legislation that will provide a path to citizenship for people with temporary protected status, in Washington, D.C. on March 24.

Photographer: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg
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Senate Democrats plan to seek a way to provide legal status for as many as 8 million undocumented immigrants in a broad economic package they want to pass this year, according to a Senate Democratic aide familiar with the plan.

Democrats are drafting a fiscal blueprint that will kick-start the process by instructing the Senate Judiciary Committee to craft a targeted immigration overhaul bill with a $120 billion federal budgetary impact, the aide said. Those funds might entail making improvements on U.S. ports of entry, clearing out a backlog of visa applications, or other changes, the aide said.