PICO-UNION (CBSLA.com) — The lives of nearly 3 million undocumented workers in California could change in remarkable ways if a plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws pushes full-steam ahead.

A “Gang of Eight” bipartisan senators Monday unveiled the framework for comprehensive immigration reform, which includes stricter border security and a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

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The undocumented workers, however, would have to pass a criminal background check, pay a fine and back taxes before they would be granted probationary legal status.

The plan, which also calls for a crackdown on employers who hire illegal immigrants, is backed by Pres. Obama, who will lead a key immigration reform speech in Las Vegas Tuesday.

25-year-old “Isis” of Pico-Union, who wished to withhold her real name, has lived in Los Angeles for the past 15 years as an illegal immigrant.

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She couldn’t help but cry when she told KCAL9’s Suzie Suh what she’s had to go through.

“When I turned 17, I found out I wasn’t able to go to school because I didn’t have papers. It was a struggle,” she said. “Most of my friends are going to school. They’re doing something with their lives life and I just feel stuck.”

“Isis” said the bipartisan immigration blueprint is a dream closer to coming true—a dream where she no longer has to live in fear.

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“We can live free. It’s a chance for a new life, a new beginning,” she said.