1. Overhaul

    House Panel to Offer Immigration Bills

    Alejandra Tejada, 55, an American citizen living in Arlington, Va. who is originally from Bolivia, poses for a portrait at the end of the "Rally for Citizenship," a rally in support of immigration reform, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Bipartisan groups in the House and Senate are said to be completing immigration bills that include a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million immigrants with illegal status. "As an immigrant myself I support immigration reform," says Tejada. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Jacquelyn Martin/AP

    The House Judiciary Committee announced Thursday it will begin introducing a series of bills designed to overhaul the nation’s immigration system this week. Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-VA) said the first of the proposals would create a temporary guest-worker program for agriculture, and require employers to use electronic verification to check employees’ immigration status. The proposals are designed to jump-start the immigration debate in the House, according to Goodlatte. The House announcement comes after the Senate wrapped up the last of three hearings on new immigration legislation offering an eventual path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country.

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