UFW said Friday that the group was "pleased" with the farm worker proposal, which they note will allow farm workers to work in the fields without fear of getting deported.
As noted, the bill also would give professional farm workers presently in the U.S. temporary legal status and the right to earn a green card in the future by continuing to work in agriculture.
"Farm workers are the backbone of our agriculture industry here in the United States and a speedier process toward proper documentation provides an incentive for those farm workers who are currently working in agriculture to continue working in agriculture," UFW President Arturo Rodriguez noted in a statement.
"We believe this compromise could be a vehicle for improving the working conditions and job opportunities for farm workers," Rodriguez added.
Leaders from the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, which collaborated with UFW on the proposal, have scheduled a Wednesday conference to review the plan and answer questions publicly. Leaders of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Milk Producers Federation and United Fresh Produce Association will be present.
'It won't please everyone'
Regarding the full proposal, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Tuesday, Sens. McCain and Schumer wrote that, "like all genuinely bipartisan efforts, this bill is a compromise. It will not please everyone, and no one got everything they wanted."
McCain and Schumer went on to note that the bill would provide legal channels for workers to enter the U.S. to perform jobs for which there are no American applicants. This new program, they wrote, will "make sure that America continues to stay globally competitive by attracting the world's best and brightest, and by providing a way for America's employers to gain access the labor that they desperately need."
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet Friday to hear testimony from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the Senators' proposal. An additional hearing is scheduled for April 22.
Sen. Rubio said following the announcement that he was hopeful the hearings would bring openness and transparency to the negotiations.
Rubio added that the timing of Friday's hearing will "give the American people and their senators a chance to better prepare for this first major opportunity to ask questions about the bill."