The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 18, 2013

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A leaked White House plan has injected new rancor into the fight over immigration reform.

The plan, a draft of which USA Today obtained and reported on over the weekend, would allow undocumented immigrants to become permanent legal U.S. residents within about eight years and to apply for new "Lawful Prospective Immigrant" visas.

Denis McDonough, President Barack Obama's new chief of staff, said on Sunday that the administration had developed the plan as "an option that will be ready to put out there" if Congress fails to pass its own bill. A bipartisan group ...

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