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A new report shows nearly 1 million people have been detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement from 2008 to 2012.

According to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse , 800 of those detained were American citizens while another 28,000 were legal permanent residents.

The TARC report from Syracuse University also found more than 77 percent of those detained had no criminal record, according to a Huffington Post story.

A bipartisan group in the Senate is working on an immigration reform bill. The White House has formed its draft reform bill in case the one in the Senate encounters opposition. Both sides are contemplating legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. There's also proposals to tighten border security and crack down on businesses that employ illegal workers and strengthen the legal immigration system.

To read the full Huffington Post story, go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/20/immigration-agency_n_2726812.html .



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