Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation to resolve the nitty-gritty — and keep their flanks mollified.

Business and labor negotiators agreed late last week on a deal that would allow tens of thousands of low-skilled workers into the country and pay them fair wages. It was a last major sticking point facing the eight senators who are looking to set in motion the most dramatic changes to the faltering U.S. immigration system in more than two decades.

It comes down to the details in writing the law. The senators plan to introduce their framework when they return from recess next week, then move quickly to schedule a vote.

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