A bi-partisan group of U.S. senators have come to an agreement on how to grant legal status to the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he, along with seven other senators, have worked for weeks on an immigration bill. The latest compromise is part of the bigger picture. “There are so many different elements in here and what we do, it sounds unusual, but we literally meet every single day…and each day take up a new topic that’s part of the immigration bill,” Durbin said.
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The compromise so far would require illegal immigrants to register with the Department of Homeland Security, pay any income taxes due and a fine. They would then be granted probationary legal status and later on they could apply for permanent legal status. A timeframe for the process hasn’t been laid out. The question of if or when they would be able to apply for citizenship is as yet unresolved. Durbin says they had hoped to introduce a bill before Easter, but says there is still more to be discussed so as of now there’s no hard timeline for an immigration bill to be introduced.