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UPDATE: Senate votes to begin immigration debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on immigration legislation in Congress (all times local):
   6:08 p.m.
   The Senate has voted to start debating immigration, including whether to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
   Monday's vote was 97-1. The overwhelming margin belies how hard it will be for any measure to actually pass.
   Many Republicans back President Donald Trump's plan offering possible citizenship to up to 1.8 million young "Dreamers." He's also seeking $25 billion for security, including his proposed border wall, and would limit the relatives legal immigrants can bring to the U.S.
   Democrats want citizenship for Dreamers but are unwilling to clamp down on legal immigration.
   Any measure will need 60 votes -- meaning significant bipartisan support.
   Senators are working on amendments behind the scenes. It is unclear which will be voted on and what can pass.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers say they will introduce President Donald Trump's immigration plan as the Senate begins its debate Monday on the contentious issue.

The proposal has no chance of winning approval by the chamber. But it will give the White House and some harder-line GOP senators a chance to stake out their position, and might serve as an opening offer if serious negotiations with Democrats occur.

Like the proposal Trump unveiled last month, the measure would offer a chance for citizenship for up to 1.8 million people who arrived illegally in the U.S. as children. It would provide $25 billion for border security, restrict family-based immigration and end a visa lottery.

Senators introducing the measure include Arkansas' Tom Cotton, John Cornyn of Texas and Iowa's Chuck Grassley.

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