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US Senate opens debate on immigration reform

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee work on the markup for the immigration reform bill on Capitol Hill May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. The US Senate committee opened debate Thursday on an immigration reform bill backed by President Barack Obama, whicA US Senate committee opened debate Thursday on an immigration reform bill backed by President Barack Obama, which would lead to legal status for millions of people in the country without papers. The debate could last weeks before moving to a second stage on the Senate floor, where Democrats hold a slender majority.