Immigration Changes on the Way

Millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. may now have path to citizenship.
2:00 | 01/28/13

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sign that washington is going to act on something together. Four democrats, four republicans came together and issued a call to auction today on the 11 million undocumented immigrants living and working in america. And the president will weigh in tomorrow. Abc's cecilia vega now on what they want to do. Reporter: It would be a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this county. A long, difficult path. Let's create a system to bring them forward. Allow them to settle their debt to society. Reporter: Here's how the sweeping proposal would work. Undocumented immigrants would register with the government for temporary status. While their background checks are under way, they could immediately get right to work. There would be fines and back taxes to pay and immigrants applying for permanent residency would have to get in line. The back of the line. Citizenship could take as long as 15 years. And for the first time ever, obtaining legal residency would mean having to speak english and pass a civics test. There would also be a beefed up border. I think after the election, finally, the country's realizing that you cannot have two classes of people in this country. Reporter: Forei undocumented immigrants, it could mean no longer being in hiding. When an entire society is telling you blatantly that you are worth less than the people next to you, that hurts. Reporter: For the recent college grad, being undocumented means not nothing if she'll be able to get a job. For her babysitter mother, it means not being able to return to peru to visit sick family. You used the word imprisoned? Because it's a different kind of life that people who feel safe in this country and people who, like me -- Reporter: People like her who may soon come out of the shadows. Cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles.

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