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Proposed 'Blue Card' Permit Could Provide Path to Citizenship for Farmers

Undocumented farm workers may have a new path to citizenship with a proposed 'Blue Card.'

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 10:57 AM

CALIFORNIA - Undocumented farm workers may have a new path to citizenship with a proposed "blue card."

The proposed "blue card" would apply to those who have worked in agriculture at least 100 days and it would allow them to stay in the U.S. while working on getting legal citizenship.

The group United Farm Workers says more and more undocumented families are moving away from California for fear of being deported. The group says this is actually is hurting the state's $47 billion agriculture industry.

"Having a visa program in which men and women can work in agriculture and obtain that earned pathway to citizenship is a responsibility not just on my part but on every U.S. Representative's part," said Congressman Jimmy Panetta. 

Farmworkers say the "blue card" would provide a sense of security that may keep workers in place while they work toward citizenship. 

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