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Location - Date: WASHINGTON - Jan. 28

1. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) New York

"It's our hope that these principles can me turned into legislation by March and have a mark-up by Chairman Leahy's committee with the goal of passage out of the Senate by late Springs or Summer.

2. SOUNDBITE: Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) New York "our frame work contains four basic pillars. First, we create a tough but fair path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently living in the United States that is contingent upon securing our borders. Second, we reform our legal immigration system to better recognize the importance of characteristics that will help build the American economy and strengthen American families. Third, we create an effective employment verification system that will prevent identity left and end the hiring of future unauthorized workers. And lastly, we establish an improved process for admitting future workers to serve our nation's workforce needs while simultaneously protecting all workers.


A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference Monday, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status.