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Business and labor leaders have reached an agreement on allocating visas to low-skilled foreign workers, marking a breakthrough in the Democratic-controlled Senate’s effort to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business lobbying group, and the AFL-CIO, the biggest labor federation, had disagreed over wage levels in a proposed guest-worker program, The dispute had threatened to derail an eight-member, bipartisan Senate group’s efforts to spearhead the broadest immigration-law rewrite in almost 30 years.
The accord clears the last major