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Inside the immigration bill: Special path for DREAMers

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They have become some of the most visible advocates for changes to the immigration system: young adults who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Since the DREAM Act — a bill to provide a path to legalization for such young adults — died in the Senate in 2010, the immigration provision has increasingly become one of the most popular and least controversial pieces of possible change. Even Republicans who have not yet endorsed broader efforts, like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.), have said they support the DREAM Act.

So it's no surprise that the Senate's bipartisan immigration group  included provisions that provide a special path to citizenship for the DREAMers in the bill they will introduce this week.