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House votes to provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented farm workers

Kern County is the top agriculture crop producing county in the U.S.
Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 20:59:27-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the house passed a bipartisan measure to provide a pathway to citizenship for thousands of undocumented workers. The bill would allow undocumented farm workers the right to earn legal status in the United States.

The vote was notable because unlike previous efforts, it garnered republican support. The bill could potentially bring big changes to an industry that relies on undocumented immigrants.

It reforms a temporary agricultural program used by employers and requires companies to verify whether workers are in the United States legally through a federal system. For families of farm workers, this is a big step forward to help get legal status to their loved ones.

23ABC News also spoke with a communication specialist from the united farm workers foundation about this development and the significance of this bill.

In order for this bill to become law, the bill would need to pass through the senate, then the signature of the president.