Farm labor unions and growers have reached agreement on migrant workers to be included in an immigration bill being drafted in the U.S. Senate, officials said.
The agreement, reached late Friday and brokered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would set the terms of wages, visas and working conditions for migrant agriculture workers, the Los Angeles Times reported.
It establishes a system of “blue cards” — visas for migrant workers who are already in the country without legal permission.
“All have come together to endorse this agreement,” Feinstein said in a statement announcing the deal.
Kristi Boswell, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, described the agreement as “a positive step in the direction for ensuring agriculture has access to a stable and legal workforce.”