They would then be evaluated on factors including work history, education level, family, English proficiency, civic engagement and the amount of time they have been in the country.It would have been nice if a neon sign with "THIS IS AMNESTY" was flashing behind his head as he said that, but I doubt that happened.
Illegal immigrants who earn a certain number of points would qualify for a greencard, but would have to wait behind those who have already applied as a legal immigrant.
"This is not amnesty," Hagel said.
"At a time when America's standing in the world is as low as it's ever been, this is one of those issues that the world is watching," Hagel told participants at an immigration conference in Omaha. "This is going to tell a lot about who we are, how we handle this issue."
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