Bipartisan bill would remake immigration system

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. immigration system would undergo dramatic changes under a bipartisan Senate bill about to be unveiled. It puts a new focus on prospective immigrants' merit and employment potential, while seeking to end illegal immigration once and for all by creating legal avenues for workers to come here.

The bill would put the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally on a 13-year path to U.S. citizenship that would cost each $2,000 in fines plus additional fees, and would begin only after steps have been taken to secure the border.

Senators had planned to formally introduce the bill today, but after Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon a planned press event was delayed until later in the week.

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