A bipartisan bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented farm workers in the U.S
The majority of farmworkers in the U.S. are concentrated in California, where more than 420,000 farmworkers cultivate and harvest the crops that feed people across the nation.
The bill would give “blue cards” to agricultural workers who have worked at least 180 days on farms over the past two years. They would become eligible for five-year renewable visas that would require working at least 100 days each year in agriculture.
Those workers would later on be given the option to earn permanent legal status but must have at least 14 years of work history in agriculture before they can apply.
The new bill now heads to the Senate.