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Cesar Chavez in 1974.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis signs an agreement to protect migrant workers’ rights as Costa Rican Ambassador Muni Figueres looks on during a ceremony Monday at the Labor Department in Washington.

Migrant laborers in this country will be able to get information on workers compensation, wage-and-hour laws and other U.S. labor protections “no matter how you got here,” under an agreement signed Monday. (with video) Read more» 3

Text and video of President Obama's speech on comprehensive immigration reform. Read more» 1