Reid files motion to start work on immigration reform bill

The motion to end debate on proceeding to the bill would require 60 votes — that vote is likely to come next week.

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The bipartisan group of eight senators, known as the Gang of Eight, introduced S. 744, which would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, toughen border security, create a guest worker program and boost high-skilled immigration.

Some Republicans have complained that the legislation would provide amnesty for illegal residents before strengthening border enforcement.

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