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Immigration reform poses challenges along two borders (access required)

Farmer Jim Bittner inspects some of his apple trees at his orchard in Appleton, N.Y. Bittner’s 400-acre farm has several lots that border Lake Ontario, with Canada on the other side of the lake. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Molly J Smith)

Immigration laws passed by Congress will inevitably impact farmers on the US borders with Canada and Mexico. They will be on the front lines if a new immigration reform act authorizes more access to private property for patrols, more boots on the ground, more surveillance drones in the air and more regulation of agricultural workers in the fields.

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McCain, other US senators tour Mexico border

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tour the Nogales port of entry during their tour of the Mexico border with the United States on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

A group of influential U.S. senators shaping and negotiating details of an immigration reform package vowed Wednesday to make the legislation public when Congress reconvenes next month as negotiations reopened between union workers and business groups over visas for low-skilled workers.

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