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Is the California report and allowing sold in solace in Los Angeles the US house of representatives is set to vote today on a bill that would legalize many undocumented farm workers and that would be a huge dealing California where most agricultural workers lack legal status KQED Central Valley reporter Alex hall reports under the farm work force modernization act immigrant farm workers could get five year renewable visas if they've worked in agriculture for at least six months over the last two years those who stand farm labor could eventually become permanent legal residents their spouses and children would also gain legal status lady run hell with the United farm workers foundation in Bakersfield says the bill has bipartisan support we have a really good opportunity here because we're working with both parties we know that in order to make meaningful change and in order to preserve that change we have to compromise indeed the bill is a compromise between two parties that are bold green relieved to farm worker community Daniel Costa with the economic policy institute says legalizing hundreds of thousands of farm workers would be historic after similar legislation has fallen short over two decades but he says foreign guest workers would see their wages go down the bill is a compromise and as a bunch of trade offs we should just be honest about the trade offs is Thomas the bill would eventually require growers to electronically verify work authorization and it would allow them to hire guest workers for year round jobs including those in the dairy industry one of the most profitable agricultural sectors in the state for California report I'm Alex hall then let's stay in Congress shall we in spite of impeachment moving forward the White House and Democrats in the house have reached a deal updating the north American free trade agreement between the US Mexico and Canada it took the deal called U. S. MCA will help many California industries has the trade with neighbors of the United States leading men in overcoats right now yesterday as he walked the halls of Congress I reached Republican congressman Doug the mall for on the phone he represents largely rural northeastern California and says he hopes farmers in his district will be helped by the deal almonds are a very big part of what's going on in California and and the reason I'm from here so we have a lot of rice waterproof crop also it comes up to the individual deals and agreements under your your basis but what is really important about US MCA is that it provides a long term pattern for it an important aspect to is that one of finally settles these disagreements with these three countries it sets the table for the US to be able to go do better agreements with the Japan we need a follow up agreement on hand and then ultimately setting the table for China because when they were getting these deals on here that will apply a little more pressure especially to Japan and China a little better with us would have a hard time getting over AG products to Japan for example and we all know about the huge amounts that we have with China and the hell that needs to be squared up but memories let president has a decided to make that a high priority again that's Republican congressman double mall for talking to us from the halls of Congress farmers in the Salinas valley are pledging to do better after the latest you coli outbreak federal health investigators don't know exactly what caused it but they do know that at least eight people have been sickened across three states Katie AZ use Erica Mahoney has more the CDC is warning consumers don't eat a fresh express sunflower Chris chopped salad kit with the best before date of December seventh the kid is a mix of ingredients including green and red cabbage romaine lettuce kale and carrots it also includes a dressing and some toppings authorities are investigating which ingredient is tainted Abby Taylor Selva is vice president of the grower shipper association of central California a regional trade association that has three hundred members including fresh express we know that consumers want to hear more than apologies and our sympathies as heartfelt as they are and wall our members have worked very hard to make needed food safety improvements it's obvious that we must do more this is the second E. coli outbreak with ties to the Salinas growing region in less than a month investigators don't know yet whether the two outbreaks are related for the California report im mereka Mahoney in Salinas and finally a group of doctors from across the country are spending the weekend San Diego demanding that they be allowed to vaccinate detain migrants to protect them against the flu.