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Immigrants take the U.S. oath of citizenship during naturalization ceremony Monday in Irving, Texas.  Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer.

Immigrants take the U.S. oath of citizenship during naturalization ceremony Monday in Irving, Texas. Key Democratic and Republican senators are pledging to get a wide-ranging immigration bill through the Senate by summer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Side by side, leading Democratic and Republican senators pledged Monday to propel far-reaching immigration legislation through the Senate by summer providing a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.S. illegally.

The senators acknowledged pitfalls that have doomed such efforts in the past, but they suggested that November’s elections — with Hispanics voting heavily for President Barack Obama and other Democrats — could make this time different.

Passage of the emotionally charged legislation by the Democratic-controlled Senate is far from assured, and a taller hurdle could come later in the House, which is dominated by conservative Republicans who’ve shown little interest in immigration overhaul. Obama is expected to lay out his own proposals on Tuesday.

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