Lawmakers draft new bipartisan immigration legislation
Updated: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 08:22 PM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Lawmakers have drafted new bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration system.
The new bill would give millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to become American citizens, but critics argue the plan amounts to nothing more than amnesty.
The bill was put together by a team of Democratic and Republican senators, and would give 11 million people a path to citizenship.
They would be allowed to live in the U.S. legally if they pass a background check, they would be barred from programs like health care and welfare.
Then, they could become citizens after 13 years if they pay roughly $2,000 in fines and fees.
Under the bill, employers would face tough new requirements to check the legal status of workers.
Senators will begin hearings on immigration later this week.