By Daniel Indiviglio
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Congress is edging toward letting illegal immigrants stay, while promising greater vigilance. High-tech companies will like measures to retain more foreign-born graduates, while small firms may struggle with new red tape. Fixes are needed, but economically these are a mixed bag.
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- Eight U.S. senators from both parties on Jan. 28 released a framework for immigration reform. In a speech in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, President Barack Obama focused on the need to fix the system to provide better opportunities for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
- The senators' plan has four basic pillars. The first would create a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants living in the United States, balanced with making borders more secure and surveillance more robust. The second seeks to retain talented would-be immigrants who attend American universities. The third would create a system for companies to verify employees' citizenship status, and the fourth seeks to tie future worker admittance rates to economic need.
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