By ERICA WERNER / Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A bill to remake the nation's immigration system for the first time in decades faces its first congressional test Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is taking up the 844-page legislation to secure the border, provide new avenues for workers to come to the U.S. legally, crack down on employers who would hire people illegally and provide eventual citizenship to 11 million people here illegally.
Some 300 amendments to the bill were pending from the left and right. Some early fights will be over border security, with some Republicans aiming to strengthen border security provisions in a way the bill's authors say would destroy their bipartisan agreement.
The committee's work, expected to stretch for about two weeks, will test whether the bill's authors can stick together to vote down troublesome amendments.