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Immigration reform: Farm-worker compromise brings bill a step closer to Senate floor

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The farm workers could apply for green cards after five years, faster than the time frame for most of some 11 million illegal immigrants under the coming Senate bill, according to a Politico article. Citizenship could follow.

Minimum wage rates for the work would be set nationally for six categories of farm work defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The deal on farm workers is just one piece of the reform-bill puzzle, but it symbolizes the larger push for a bargain on one of America’s most controversial social issues.

On a practical level, the move for immigration reform boils down to political bargaining among a few key lawmakers from both parties – in this case Hatch, Feinstein, & Co.

The Monitor’s congressional correspondent, David Grant, explored this issue in a cover story this week.

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