Senate immigration bill runs to 844 pages

The immigration reform bill released early Wednesday morning by a bipartisan group of eight senators is more than 800 pages long.

The bill would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, heighten border security and create guest-worker and high-skilled immigration programs.

It was released at 2 a.m. Wednesday by Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA This week: Senate showdown over gun control Dems push vulnerable GOP senators on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.), one of four Democrats in the Gang of Eight, and it runs 844 pages long.

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The measure faces a tough fight in Congress, with conservative Republicans expressing concern that lawmakers are rushing to pass immigration reform.

Early reports suggested that the bill could be as long as 1,500 pages.

“I’m for immigration reform, but we have 1,600 pages,” Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) had said. “We’re going to read the details and try to make it acceptable to conservatives.”

Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Rubio: I hope I can trust whoever wins with the nuclear codes Rubio faces Trump-like challenger in primary MORE (R-Fla.) a member of the bipartisan group, defended the bill in a statement Wednesday.

"This bill marks the beginning of an important debate, and I believe it will fix our broken system by securing our borders, improving interior enforcement, modernizing our legal immigration to help create jobs and protect American workers, and dealing with our undocumented population in a tough but humane way that is fair to those trying to come here the right way and linked to achieving several security triggers," Rubio said.

He called the legislation a "strong conservative effort."

"While I believe this legislation is a strong conservative effort that will accomplish all these things and tries to make the best of the imperfect reality we face, it’s not perfect. But I am also confident that an open and transparent process that welcomes public input is going to make it even better," Rubio added.

President Obama on Tuesday hailed the bill as “largely consistent” with his own ideas for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws.

Schumer and Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMarines reignite debate on women in combat Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Report: Prominent neoconservative to fundraise for Clinton MORE (R-Ariz.) met with Obama at the White House Tuesday and briefed him on the bill. Obama has made immigration reform a second-term priority and a separate group in the House is working on its own immigration bill.

Along with Schumer, McCain, and Rubio, Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (R-S.C.), Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeMcConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (R-Ariz.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinSupreme Court limps to finish Senate Dems link court fight to Congressional Baseball Game Dems: Immigration decision will 'energize' Hispanic voters MORE (D-Ill.), Robert MenendezRobert MenendezOvernight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers Senate narrowly rejects new FBI surveillance Kaine, Murphy push extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-N.J.) and Michael BennetMichael BennetColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Ted Cruz chooses sides in Colorado Senate primary The Trail 2016: Reversal of fortunes MORE (D-Colo.) round out the Gang of Eight.

The senators had intended to roll out their legislation earlier but delayed an event after the deadly terror attack in Boston on Monday. 

Read the bill below:

Gang of Eight immigration reform plan

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