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Immigrants measure could come before Senate


WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants to attach to an upcoming defense policy bill an amendment that would help young people in the country illegally become legal U.S. residents.

The Nevada Democrat said Tuesday the legislation known as the DREAM Act is long overdue. But he wouldn't say whether he has the votes for the amendment. The act allows young people who attend college or join the military to become legal U.S. residents.

Democrats have also promised gay rights groups an end to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy." That is in the bill that Reid says he'll try to take up next week.

Republicans oppose both measures.

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