Group Reveals Kansas Immigration Plan

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A coalition of Kansas business groups is
proposing a new program to keep some illegal immigrants in the
state so that they could hold jobs in industries with labor

The coalition includes agriculture groups and the Kansas Chamber
of Commerce, and representatives said Tuesday that their proposal
will help immigrants who've been in the U.S. at least five years
and have committed no more than one misdemeanor offense.

Coalition representatives provided a draft of their proposed legislation to The Associated Press ahead of its introduction in
the House and Senate.

Under the new program, businesses would pay fees to tap a pool of immigrant workers. The state would support the workers' requests
for federal authorization to keep working in the U.S., despite
their status.