Business, Labor Close On Deal For Immigration Bill

This Aug. 5, 2008, file photo, shows the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building Phoenix. The U.S. Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.
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WASHINGTON - - Business and labor groups are close to resolving details of a new low-skilled labor program that had stalled negotiations on a sweeping immigration bill in the Senate.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says in a statement the two sides are closer than they've ever been and are very optimistic of reaching a final agreement.

Negotiations between the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce had stalled last week over wages for workers in the new program. But talks resumed this week, and Schumer says the two sides are now ironing out a few final issues.

An agreement would likely clear the way for a bipartisan group of senators to unveil legislation the week of April 8 to dramatically overhaul the U.S. immigration system.