State bill would allow immigration permits for farmworkers

Jul 13, 2015 3:42 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California legislators are considering a measure to allow farmworkers living in the country illegally to get work permits.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday that a similar measure died in the statehouse three years ago, opposed by labor unions and immigrants' rights groups who wanted a nationwide immigration overhaul.

But with Congress failing to pass immigration reform, California lawmakers took it up again. The measure, AB20, moved quickly through the Assembly last month but faces uncertain prospects in the Senate.

Instead of granting a temporary work visa to foreign laborers as existing programs do, it would give permits to people already residing in California without authorization and working in agriculture.

Bill author Luis Alejo, a Democrat from Watsonville, says it would create a group to seek authority from federal agencies for the program.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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