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Rural Maryland needs immigration reform

Rural Maryland needs immigration reform

Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate passed a common-sense immigration reform measure in a strongly bipartisan fashion. This was an important step in the right direction — especially for producers, farm workers and rural communities. The historic legislation passed by the Senate provides a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million people who are in our country today without authorization. They will have to go to the back of the line, pay fines and settle taxes they owe our nation. It would modernize the system that we use to bring skilled workers into the United States. And it would put in place the toughest border security plan that America has ever seen, building on steps...

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