Immigration News Blog
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Migrants and the humanities: Students serve farm workers on the Eastern ShoreMigrants and the humanities: Students serve farm workers on the Eastern Shore
For thousands of migrant farm workers who labor in the produce fields and the packing houses of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, illegal entry to the United States has nothing to do with politics, say William and Mary students who served as language interpreters among them this year. The migrants, the students believe, are looking only to escape joblessness and hunger in their homelands.
Florida: State-hired firm's illegal staff detainedState-hired firm's illegal staff detained
Fifty-five undocumented immigrants employed by a janitorial services company contracted to clean state government buildings in Tallahassee were detained over the weekend by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE announced Wednesday.
Russia's untouchables labor as easy preyRussia's untouchables labor as easy prey
Central Asians work, live in grim conditionsA glimpse of Russia's immigration conundrum can be found behind the pallets of brick, lumber, sheet metal and iron at a sprawling construction
Poland eases rules to fill jobsPoland eases rules to fill jobs
In BBC Europe
Poland is easing restrictions on workers from Eastern Europe and Turkey to fill labour gaps, following massive Polish migration to Western Europe.
New EU migrants 'face job curbs'New EU migrants 'face job curbs'
In BBC UK Politics
The UK government is said to be considering limits for Bulgarians and Romanians seeking jobs in the UK. Bulgarian and Romanian migrants will have to show they can fill skill gaps before being allowed to work in the UK, according to reports.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
EU promises more migrant actionEU promises more migrant action
The European Commission says it will do more to help EU member states handle large flows of migrants.
Polish migrants swell U.K. workforcePolish migrants swell U.K. workforce
This is London, post-EU enlargement. Adding Polish beers to a drinks menu isn't simply an attempt to make pubs more cosmopolitan. It's a business decision rooted in a new demographic reality: the nearly 300,000 Poles who have
Business leaders seek 'unlimited immigration' from new EU statesBusiness leaders seek 'unlimited immigration' from new EU states
The leaders of Britain's biggest businesses employing millions of people have called on the Government to allow unlimited immigration from Bulgaria and Romania when the two former Eastern Bloc states join the European Union next year.
Immigration views collide at hearing in IndianaImmigration views collide at hearing
Supporters of immigrants wave flags, others tell congressmen in Evansville they want stricter borders.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Civil-racketeering claims against Wal-Mart droppedCivil-racketeering claims against Wal-Mart dropped
A federal judge dismissed civil-racketeering claims Monday against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., narrowing the scope of a lawsuit that accused the world's largest retailer of knowingly employing illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
A Flood of Immigration Like Any Other?A Flood of Immigration Like Any Other?
Depending on who you listen to, America is either being swamped by an unprecedented tsunami of immigration, or there is absolutely nothing unusual going on at all, and the current wave of immigration is well within historical norms.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Africans in French hunger strikeAfricans in French hunger strike
Over 40 African illegal immigrants enter the fourth week of a hunger strike in Limoges, central France.
Young Migrants Risk All to Reach U.S.Young Migrants Risk All to Reach U.S.
By N.C. Aizenman
QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala -- Across Central America, growing numbers of impoverished children appear to be setting out for the United States on their own, risking robbery, rape and death as they try to sneak illegally through Mexico and across the U.S. border.
For mother and son, an immigration predicamentFor mother and son, an immigration predicament
But in the two weeks since Ms. Arellano entered her church in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood to avoid deportation - invoking the notion of church as sanctuary - her standoff with the US government has escalated into a public battle that has rallied
Texas Immigration Proposal Draws ProtestTexas Immigration Proposal Draws Protest
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Clutching American flags and signs that read 'America was formed by immigrants,' more than 300 protesters on Saturday denounced a city proposal that would prohibit landlords from leasing to illegal immigrants. About two dozen
Friday, August 25, 2006
Immigration Hearings Poorly AttendedImmigration Hearings Poorly Attended
With immigration reform legislation stalled indefinitely, the congressional hearings on the issue that attracted overflow crowds around the Fourth of July have now fizzled with disinterest leading into Labor Day.
Why illegal immigration is one of the hot topics of 2006Why illegal immigration is one of the hot topics of 2006
But the fact that so many citizens, on both sides of the issue, have shown up in large numbers is proof that the issue is no longer confined to Texas' Rio Grande Valley or California's San Joaquin Valley. Impacts of immigration reform Illegal immigration
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Border Governors Discuss ImmigrationBorder Governors Discuss Immigration
U.S. and Mexican border-state governors on Thursday began a two-day conference seeking to find common ground on issues of...
Immigration reform must look at impact on labor markets, U.S. bishops say in messageImmigration reform must look at impact on labor markets, U.S. bishops say in message
Much needed, comprehensive reform of the flawed U.S. immigration system must look beyond securing the nation’s borders to the impact of immigrants on the American labor markets, said the U.S. bishops in their annual Labor Day message.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Cost of Senate Immigration Bill Put at $126 BillionCost of Senate Immigration Bill Put at $126 Billion
The Senate's embattled immigration bill would raise government spending by as much as $126 billion over the next decade, as the government begins paying out federal benefits to millions of new legal workers and cracks down on the border, a new
Monday, August 21, 2006
Germany awakes to a problem that started years ago / Immigrants were needed to rebuild after World War IIGermany awakes to a problem that started years ago / Immigrants were needed to rebuild after World War II
It took the shock of a dead Turkish woman, shot three times in the face by her brother, and a school in Berlin, where teachers had completely lost control over their mostly Arabic and Turkish students and asked the city to close down the place. Only
Massachusett's Governor Romney: U.S. Needs Skilled ImmigrantsRomney: U.S. Needs Skilled Immigrants
(AP) Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told the California GOP convention Saturday the United States should encourage foreigners with skills to immigrate, while discouraging those who come here illegally and without skills.'It is wrong for us to build an
Expert: State Immigrant Laws Might FailExpert: State Immigrant Laws Might Fail
Expert: State Immigrant Laws Might Fail By ERIK SCHELZIG NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Legislatures around the country are passing state laws to get tough on illegal immigration, but legal experts say many of those laws will turn out to be unconstitutional.
11 million immigrants may be here illegally11 million immigrants may be here illegally
WASHINGTON About 11 million illegal immigrants were living in the U.S. at the start of this year, the federal government said in a report Friday. That's up from an estimated 8.5 million living in the country in January 2000, according to calculations by
Friday, August 18, 2006
Chicago Womans Stand Stirs Immigration DebateChicago Womans Stand Stirs Immigration Debate
CHICAGO, Aug. 18 - In a small storefront church in a Puerto Rican neighborhood on the city's West Side, Elvira Arellano, a fugitive from the government, waits with her 7-year-old son and prays. Ms. Arellano, 31, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, defied
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Immigrants sue New Orleans hotelierImmigrants sue New Orleans hotelier
NEW ORLEANS Immigrant workers recruited from South America and the Dominican Republic after Hurricane Katrina sued a prominent hotelier Wednesday, saying they are being exploited. More than 80 workers from Peru, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic have
Washington D.C. Area Immigrants Top 1 MillionArea Immigrants Top 1 Million
The Washington metropolitan region is home to more than 1 million immigrants, solidifying its position as a gateway to America, according to census figures released today. Last year, one in five people in metropolitan Washington were immigrants, compared
New U.S. immigrants fan out across nationNew U.S. immigrants fan out across nation
The number of immigrants living in American households rose 16 percent over the past five years, fueled largely by recent arrivals from Mexico, according to fresh data issued by the Census Bureau. Increasingly, immigrants are bypassing the traditional
Groups fight NJ town ban on hiring, housing illegal immigrantsGroups fight NJ town ban on hiring, housing illegal immigrants
NEWARK, N.J. -- Several groups on Tuesday asked a federal court to overturn an ordinance passed by a southern New Jersey town that bans the hiring and housing of illegal immigrants. The groups, including the National Coalition of Latino Clergy and
Immigrant Crackdown Is Challenged in Pa.Immigrant Crackdown Is Challenged in Pa.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Hispanic activists and the ACLU sued Hazleton on Tuesday over one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigrants by a U.S. city. Hazleton, a city of about 31,000 people 80 miles from Philadelphia, voted
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
China Tests US Immigration PlanChina Tests US Immigration Plan
China Tests US Immigration Plan In spat over asylum policy, Beijing refuses return of illegal entrants June Kronholz , 4 August 2006 What can the U.S. do if a huge trading partner like China won't take back thousands of illegal immigrants? Not much,
Can those immigration reform bills really deliver?Can those immigration reform bills really deliver?
To understand the difficulties of getting an immigration bill just right, look no further than the Basic Pilot. To make sure workers are legal, the voluntary electronic program takes information like Social Security numbers, names, and birthdates from
Critics Say Politics Is Driving Hearings on ImmigrationCritics Say Politics Is Driving Hearings on Immigration
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 - When House leaders announced their plan to hold 21 immigration hearings in 13 states during the August recess, they said it demonstrated a commitment to battling illegal immigration and securing the border. But some Democratic and
U.S. immigration headachesU.S. immigration headaches
With elections for the entire U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate scheduled for November, American politicians of all stripes are slugging it out over the contentious immigration issue. During a brief visit to a border post
The New Tactics of Immigration EnforcementThe New Tactics of Immigration Enforcement
On July 25 when immigration agents descended on Garcia Labor Company Inc., a temporary service company that provides workers to sort freight for ABX Air, it put on notice contractors that knowingly hire unauthorized immigrants for larger companies.