House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.
From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California’s diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.
A sweeping immigration bill that a bipartisan group of eight senators completed April 16 seeks not only to fix chronic problems in the system and bring an estimated 11 million immigrants to the right side of the law.
Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to overhaul the nation’s agriculture worker program to create a steady supply of labor for farmers and growers, who rely more than any other industry on workers who have come to the country illegally.
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — President Obama and members of Congress from both political parties recently have expressed their desire to pursue comprehensive immigration reform. Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., published an opinion piece March 19 in the Washington Post outlining a framework for bipartisan immigration reform.
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