Business and Labor Reach Agreement on Immigration Reform

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Congress is one step closer to introducing an immigration reform bill but there is more to be done, according to two of the senators in the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that has been working on the plan. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said that a new agreement was reached Friday between the AFL-CIO and U.S. Chamber of Commerce on a low-skilled worker program. Under the agreement, a limited number of "W" visas would be available as of April 2015. Workers would be able change jobs and petition for permanent residency after one year, and eventually would be able to apply for citizenship. The agreement between business and labor, two groups that have soeontimes found themselves on opposing sides of the issue, is key in moving toward a comprehensive immigration reform bill.