Immigration News Blog
Friday, September 29, 2006
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Gives Green Light to Employees Suing Mohawk Industries For Immigration Law Violations under RICOU.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Gives Green Light to Employees Suing Mohawk Industries For Immigration Law Violations under RICO
By Sheppard Mullin on Immigration
The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) permits plaintiffs to act as private prosecutors and sue for injuries arising out of alleged conspiracies to commit specified types of felonies. In 1996, Congress amended RICO to add workplace immigration crimes to...
Immigration and welfare form Austrian election battlegroundImmigration and welfare form Austrian election battleground
Austria’s general elections, which have largely been fought on the issues of immigration and the decline of the welfare state, are scheduled for 1 October ...
Illegal immigration - the EU is divided - Radio NetherlandsIllegal immigration - the EU is divided - Radio Netherlands
For the European countries on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea it's no longer up for discussion: the other European countries should help them to cope with the relentless stream of illegal immigrants from Africa. But the foreign ministers of these countries nevertheless are convening a special summit in Madrid to discuss the issue. The problem is that the non-Mediterranean countries can't agree.
Egyptian students learn tough lesson in US immigration law - NewsdayEgyptian students learn tough lesson in US immigration law - Newsday
Seventeen students from Egypt arrived at Kennedy Airport in late July for what was supposed to be an exciting month in America. Their destination was a Montana university where they were to learn about U.S. history and culture while improving their English.
Congress Moves on Immigration Agenda- Congress Moves on Immigration Agenda
WASHINGTON -- As Congress heads for the exits to campaign, Republicans are maneuvering to pass a pre-election immigration agenda that falls short of their get-tough rhetoric but is enough, they hope, to satisfy voters upset about illegal immigrants. The
Thursday, September 28, 2006
European Parliament sets out its views on immigrationEuropean Parliament sets out its views on immigration
On Thursday the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the EU's common immigration policy spelling ...
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Migrants' dry season: Crops falter as gas, immigration woes shrink ... - Kansas City StarMigrants' dry season: Crops falter as gas, immigration woes shrink ... - Kansas City Star
In a hard line of work, this has been a particularly difficult year. Record gas prices cut deeply into the wages of migrant laborers. At the same time, many worried that they were less welcome than ever in a nation embroiled in a debate about immigration. That led to a shortage of workers. In Illinois, some farmers took the unusual step of paying up to $100 per laborer to help cover high fuel prices earlier this year.
Arizona U.S. Senate Race Doesn't Dwell on ImmigrationArizona Race Doesn't Dwell on Immigration
TUCSON Every day, more than 1,000 illegal immigrants pour into Arizona, making it the nation's main gateway for illicit entry into the United States. So no issue figured to be more important in the U.S. Senate race pitting Democrat Jim Pederson against
Since strict immigration law was passed, this town has been quietSince strict immigration law was passed, this town has been quiet
RIVERSIDE, N.J. -- Dave Ercolani is glad he's retiring and closing his hardware store. It could be tough to stay in business now that the township, not long ago teeming with recent arrivals from Brazil, has adopted one of the nation's toughest
Bipartisan Immigration ShameBipartisan Immigration Shame
Flavia Jimnez is an Immigration Policy Analyst for the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Anyone interested in
“Subidos” or Mexicans working legally in migrant construction work“Subidos” or Mexicans working legally in migrant construction work
By Peter Rousmaniere
The Wall Street Journal on 9/18 (payment required) tracked the work migration of a Cantu family men – self-described subidos. These are Mexicans with green cards, who leave their families in Mexico and pick up relatively well paying jobs on a contract to contact basis, crisscrossing the United States.
“Thanks to quirks in the law, they have green cards enabling them to come to the U.S. for work stints. Many, like the Cantús, call themselves 'subidos' from the Spanish verb for 'to rise,' because they do the grueling jobs of pouring concrete for tall structures such as grain silos for the ethanol plants increasingly rising across the Great Plains. "
By quickly filling jobs and providing needed skills, such workers are a boon to employers. They rarely put a burden on social services, because they leave their school-age children and elderly relatives at home. Nonetheless, there is some evidence that the Mexicans drive down wages in the industries where they work.
Some guest workers had their status legalized under the Simpson-Rodino Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which granted amnesty to 2.7 million undocumented workers. It offered that group, who call themselves 'Rodinos,' the chance at green cards that confer permanent-resident status and the right to work. The act was intended to encourage U.S. citizenship, but some preferred the guest-worker way of life, as the Cantús do, earning wages in the U.S. but keeping their families and their living costs in Mexico.
Others acquired work visas through programs that legalized imported farm workers during times of labor shortages. Still others won green cards after being sponsored by a parent who became a naturalized U.S. citizen, or by marrying a U.S. citizen. About 100,000 Mexicans also legally commute short distances across the border for day jobs in the U.S.
Mr. Cantú's father arrived in the U.S. as a relief laborer during World War II. He worked regularly in the U.S. under the Bracero program for farmhands, which ended in 1964. He became a U.S. citizen in the early 1990s. His citizenship made his children and grandchildren eligible for green cards. It took eight years to obtain them. Since 2003 they have been taking advantage by landing concrete-pouring jobs in the U.S.
The presence of so much Mexican construction labor worries union officials in Midwest and mountain states, though demand for construction appears strong enough now to support both foreign-born and local workers. The Pueblo, Colo., cement plant being built by subidos, for instance, is within sight of a massive project, Xcel Energy Corp.'s $1.3 billion Comanche-3 power plant, which employs union workers, nearly all U.S.-born. Ethanol construction tends to be divided between union shops in large towns and subidos in rural areas.
Union officials complain bitterly that competition from Mexico is driving down wages, and there is evidence to back them up. Roberto Cantú's Pueblo pay stub shows he earned $14 an hour for a 45-hour week, and $21 for every additional hour. Pete Mustacchio, business manager of Cement Masons Local 577 in Denver, says Colorado's union pourers earn twice that, including an hourly wage of $23.40, plus health-insurance and pension benefits valued at another $9 an hour. Overtime starts at $35.10 an hour.
Figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate wages in concrete work fell 16.5% in 2005 from 2000 -- to $508 a week from $604, adjusted for inflation -- despite a soaring demand for workers. Meanwhile, the proportion of cement workers described as 'foreign-born Hispanic' has risen to almost 55% from around 35% in the late 1990s. Statistics suggest many are replacing African-Americans, whose employment in concrete work declined to 9,000 in 2005, from 18,000 six years ago.
David Card, a University of California at Berkeley economist, says the decline in earnings is part of a long-term trend of nonunion construction workers replacing a unionized work force. Other factors are at play besides the subidos. Illegal-immigrant labor drives down wages even more than do legal subidos, and technology has reduced the need for some skilled workers.
An expanded guest-worker program probably would deepen the wage squeeze, says Harvard University immigration economist George Borjas. 'I find a 10% rise in worker supply results in a 3% decline in wages' locally.
Earl Agan, business manager of Cement Masons local 51 in Des Moines, says ethanol-plant construction should be a reason to hire more union workers, not fewer. He has 260 members qualified to pour silos, at least 50 of whom are presently without work. 'Contractors have my guys traveling all over the country,' Mr. Agan says, arguing that remote work sites shouldn't justify importing workers. His conclusion: Contractors want a bigger share of the profit and won't employ union labor if they don't have to.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Le Pen says 'zero immigration' will be key theme of presidential ... - PravdaLe Pen says 'zero immigration' will be key theme of presidential ... - Pravda
Far-right French leader Jean-Marie Le Pen said Tuesday that his push for "zero immigration" would be one of the central themes of his presidential campaign. ...
Mexican migrant workers unionize in CanadaMexican migrant workers unionize
Mexican migrant workers at three farms in Quebec and one farm in Manitoba have applied to join the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada union.
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Resolution Highlights Amnesty OppositionInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers' Resolution Highlights Amnesty Opposition
Washington, DCA resolution adopted by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) at their recent convention in Cleveland, opposing amnesty for illegal aliens and expansion of the number of guest workers admitted to the
Monday, September 25, 2006
History repeated? US immigration reform follows cyclical pathHistory repeated? US immigration reform follows cyclical path
On the streets across America and in the halls of Congress, those arguing for more restrictive immigration policies usually preface their assertions by saying ...
Swiss voters take hard line on asylum and immigrationSwiss voters take hard line on asylum and immigration
Swiss voters have overwhelmingly approved tougher regulations on asylum seekers as well as new limits on immigration for people from outside the European Union ...
Swiss expected to ratify tougher asylum, immigration lawsSwiss expected to ratify tougher asylum, immigration laws
International Herald Tribune
GENEVA Swiss voters ratified new asylum and immigration laws on Sunday, making it more difficult for refugees to receive assistance in Switzerland and effectively blocking unskilled workers outside Europe from moving to the country
Disputing Citizenship's Role for Hispanics in Government ServiceDisputing Citizenship's Role for Hispanics in Government Service
Federal employment reports have consistently described Hispanics 'as underrepresented in the government compared to the civilian labor force.' The Office of Personnel Management, in a report on fiscal 2005 employment patterns, said Hispanics make up 7.4
Immigrants' Group to Take US Government to CourtImmigrants' Group to Take US Government to Court
A coalition of immigrants' rights groups has announced plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. government on behalf of U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants. Advocates told supporters at a Miami rally that the children of illegal immigrants live
Canada’s use of skills based point system for immigration: do we need it?Canada’s use of skills based point system for immigration: do we need it?
By Peter Rousmaniere
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held hearings on September 14 to explore the merits of skills based point system for managing much of permanent immigration. Canada has been using such a system for years. Here is what I gleaned from a presentation by Queen's University professor Charles M. Beach.
Beach said that Canada has “the highest per capita immigration rate in the world” – about 225,000 persons per years out of a population of 30 million. Our legal permanent immigration is somewhat under a million a year; Canada’s rate is over double of ours.
Canada has three immigration tracks: economic, family, and humanitarian (mainly refugees). The economic track has grown relatively to the others as Canada’s immigration rate has grown from the 1980s. The economic category accounted for 35% of immigrants in 1980, but 59% in 2000.
The country’s Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has considerable legal latitude to set target levels and make changes to the skills base system.
This system was introduced in 1967. Originally it was focused in part on trying to target immigration to meet periodic labor gaps, but that approach being cumbersome was abandoned towards a more generic skills scoring protocol. It had an effect: changes early in the 1990s led to a large increase in the rate of higher educated immigrants. The strategy: don’t fill labor shortages, but foster labor productivity and growth.
Since the mid 1990s, three factors in the scoring system dominant: education, age and French/English fluency. Maximum points for these categories respectively are a four year university degree, 21 - 49 age range, and fluency in both languages. If you get these maximum points you earn 59 of the 70 out of a 100 points you need for acceptance. Of these factors, education carries the greatest weight.
Douglas S. Massey of Princeton University also testified. I have posted on him before and find his a voice of reason. Massey noted that employment based immigration is about 20% of total American immigration. We gave much more weight to family affiliations. Canada and Australia have more employment-focused immigration policies needed to compete with the United States. We don’t need such a system. “In the long run, the primary source of America’s stock of skills, talents and education must come from investments made init sown human capital” – through education, training and research. Immigration to Massey is a “poor substitute” for investments in education and training. Massey also noted that many immigrants have problems earning enough, and that the highest educated immigrants are not necessarily the happiest. Massey recommended, in effect, an approach which balances employment focused immigration policy with one of family integration and fuller implementation of the population aspects of NAFTA.
Immigration and America's Future: A New ChapterImmigration and America's Future: A New Chapter
As Congress and the Administration remain deadlocked on how to combat illegal immigration, a high-level, bipartisan task force has called for fundamental reform of the nation’s immigration laws and system.
Final Report of the Independent Task Force Co-chaired by Spencer Abraham and Lee H. Hamilton
Friday, September 22, 2006
Illegal Workers Supplant US Ones, Report SaysIllegal Workers Supplant US Ones, Report Says
New York Times
New illegal immigrants accounted for 56 percent of the increase in employed workers in the United States in the five years after 2000, and competition from these immigrants contributed to a sharp decline in employment of teenage and young adult Americans, according to a labor market study released yesterday.
The Case for ImmigrationThe Case for Immigration
New York Sun, NY
It was raining in Washington last week, and vendors selling $5 and $10 umbrellas appeared on the streets.They had Hispanic accents, and were undoubtedly some of the unskilled immigrants that Steven Malanga referred to in his recent City Journal article, "How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy."
EU: Ministers Deadlocked over Immigration and TerrorismEU: MINISTERS DEADLOCKED OVER IMMIGRATION AND TERRORISM - AKI
The European Union's justice and interior ministers, meeting in the Finnish capital, Tampere, have sharply diverged over how the 25-member bloc should deal with the rising tide of illegal immigrants to Europe, as well as terrorism and cross-border crime. At the end of a two-day meeting, ministers on Friday failed to agree on new measures aimed at stemming the rising tide of illegal immigration to southern Europe, forging a common EU asylum policy by 2010 and bolstering the bloc's fight against terrorism and cross-border crime.
WisPolitics: Speaker Says Fear of Alienating Latinos Stalls ... - WisPolitics.comWisPolitics: Speaker Says Fear of Alienating Latinos Stalls Immigration Reform
Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, gave a lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Thursday evening about the ongoing political crisis the country is facing in regards to immigration.
Immigration Bill Divides House, SenateImmigration Bill Divides House, Senate
WASHINGTON -- Republicans took a new crack at old border-security legislation Thursday as the House approved pre-election bills on deporting gang members, imprisoning tunnelers and empowering local police to arrest illegal immigrants. With no prospects
Thursday, September 21, 2006
New York Times Reporter Speaks on ImmigrationNew York Times Reporter Speaks on Immigration - BYU Newsnet
Sep 2006. A New York Times correspondent "peeled back the layers" of the local and national US immigration debate
Thursday, Sept. 21 ... A conversation on immigration The Daily Utah Chronicle
Rachel Swarns, a Washington, D.C. correspondent for The New York Times, spoke about the global and local implications of immigration as part of the September Project.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Don't Abandon Immigration ReformDon't Abandon Immigration Reform
As members of Congress consider the perceived short-term political benefit of restrictionist proposals embodied in the recently announced Border Security Now Agenda, the Center for American Progress urges them to look behind the alarmist and nativist
Voters Would Have to Prove U.S. Citizenship by 2010 Under House MeasureVoters Would Have to Prove U.S. Citizenship by 2010 Under House Measure
House Approves Measure Requiring Voters to Prove Citizenship By Jay Newton-Small Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Republican-controlled House of Representatives today passed legislation that would force voters to show proof of citizenship by 2010
Immigration reform dead as Senate takes up fence billImmigration reform dead as Senate takes up fence bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate Wednesday took up a bill to erect a fence along one-third of the U.S.-Mexico border as GOP leaders conceded that efforts to enact a comprehensive immigration reform law are dead for the year.
N.Y. county targets illegal immigrationN.Y. county targets illegal immigration
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. Business owners could soon face fines and even jail time if they hire illegal immigrants in this Long Island community, the latest in one of many efforts by local governments across the country to crack down on undocumented workers.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Immigrant businesses transform citiesImmigrant businesses transform cities
Up and down a stretch of Harry Hines Boulevard, signs emblazoned with Korean characters advertise clothing, linens, gift items and much more.
"Violation of the American Spirit" -- Immigrants Denied Workers Comp"Violation of the American Spirit" -- Immigrants Denied Workers Comp
Source: Confined Space
Most of the debate raging over immigration seems to focus on how we keep them out, and what we do with the ones who got in (e.g. throw them out or give them a chance to become citizens.) There's very little discussion of how we should be treating those who are here now, and what we should be doing about employers and insurance companies who have no problem with the fact that millions of undcoumented immigrants are working in the US, but are suddenly indignent when they get injured and have the audacity to think they deserve workers compensation.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Immigration raid cripples Ga. town (AP)Immigration raid cripples Ga. town (AP)
AP - Trailer parks lie abandoned. The poultry plant is scrambling to replace more than half its workforce. Business has dried up at stores where Mexican laborers once lined up to buy food, beer and cigarettes just weeks ago.
Female migrants earn less but send more homeFemale migrants earn less but send more home
Every two weeks, Margarita Gutierrez takes the money saved from her $7-an-hour job washing cars and sends it to her two children in El Salvador, even though her husband frets over the cost of living in their adopted home.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Italy and Libya accused of abuseItaly and Libya accused of abuse
In BBC Europe
A leading human rights group accuses Italy and Libya of abusing African migrants trying to enter Europe.
Immigration no threat to English use in U.S. - studyImmigration no threat to English use in U.S. - study
A report in the Population and Development Review found that far from threatening the dominance of English, most Latin American immigrants to the United States lose their ability to speak Spanish over the course of a few generations.
U.S. bishops to prez, Congress: Fair, just, comprehensive immigration reform neededU.S. bishops to prez, Congress: Fair, just, comprehensive immigration reform needed
WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) - U.S. President George Bush and members of Congress must move beyond partisan political concerns and come together to
Immigration Hardliner Wins Arizona GOP PrimaryImmigration Hardliner Wins Arizona GOP Primary
(TUSCON, Ariz.) -- A conservative former state lawmaker whose campaign targeted illegal immigration and border security won the GOP primary for an open U.S. House seat, despite a lobbying push by the National Republican Congressional Committee to defeat
Nigeria: Domestic Workers Or Modern Day Slaves?Nigeria: Domestic Workers Or Modern Day Slaves?
Human traffickers make good business taking poorly educated girls from Nigerian villages to toil as domestic workers in the sprawling urban throb of Lagos. But the girls, some as young as five years old, see little or none of their earnings.
Africa: Migrants Find Vicious Circle of Deportation in LibyaAfrica: Migrants Find Vicious Circle of Deportation
The government of Libya routinely subjects migrants, asylum seekers and refugees -- primarily from sub-Saharan Africa -- to serious human rights abuses, including beatings, arbitrary arrests, forced returns and in some cases, torture, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Tuesday.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
In US, Immigration Reform Could Impact AfricansIn US, Immigration Reform Could Impact Africans
A US Congressional showdown over immigration reform will not take place until after November's midterm elections, according to House and Senate leaders who have just updated their legislative agenda. President Bush says he favors comprehensive reform,
GOP Denounces 'Immigrant' ActivitiesGOP Denounces 'Immigrant' Activities
WASHINGTON -- Republicans on Tuesday distanced themselves from campaign activities that encourage college students to 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' and shoot cardboard cutouts of leading Democrats with a BB gun or paintball gun. Democratic Chairman
Pa. city passes immigration measurePa. city passes immigration measure
HAZLETON, Pa. The Hazleton City Council formally approved a revamped immigration ordinance Tuesday, reworking the law it passed two months ago to strengthen it against legal challenges. The revised version passed 4-1, and council members also voted
Monday, September 11, 2006
Immigration Movement Struggles to Regain Momentum Built in Spring MarchesImmigration Movement Struggles to Regain Momentum Built in Spring Marches
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 - For a moment, it sounded like one of the spirited crowds from this past spring. There, at the foot of the Capitol, flag-waving immigrants chanted and cheered and warned lawmakers in Congress to take notice. Legalization now! they
Many of Katrina's Migrant Workers Go UnpaidMany of Katrina's Migrant Workers Go Unpaid
When attorney Luz Molina met a worker on a street corner to talk about how he'd been stiffed of wages he was owed for helping install a roof, they weren't alone for long.As they spoke, five other men approached Molina with their own stories they weren't alone for long.As they spoke, five other men approached Molina with their own stories
Immigrant movement loses momentum in U.S.Immigrant movement loses momentum in U.S.
WASHINGTON For a moment, it sounded like one of the tumultuous crowds from this past spring. There, at the foot of the Capitol, flag-waving immigrants chanted and cheered and warned lawmakers in Congress to take notice. 'Legalization now!' they shouted.
Immigration Rally In L.A. Attracts 200 DemonstratorsImmigration Rally In L.A. Attracts 200 Demonstrators
By Peter Prengaman
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9 -- Only 200 people turned out Saturday for a rally demanding amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants, the latest sign of pro-immigrant groups' struggle to regain momentum after hundreds of thousands marched for the cause in the spring.
School Forms' Immigration-Related Questions Stir ConcernSchool Forms' Immigration-Related Questions Stir Concern
CARTERET, N.J. -- A few weeks back, Linda Singh picked up the registration packet from her local school district. There, at the bottom of the first page, was the question regarding birthplace, followed by: "If not USA, date entered USA."
Friday, September 08, 2006
Issue Paper: Wages of Agricultural WorkersIssue Paper: Wages of Agricultural Workers
Immigration Issue Centers : Labor and Ecnomics Proponents of a new temporary worker program argue that increased immigration enforcement would lead to fewer illegal agricultural workers and, as a consequence, the American consumer would face a major
Migrant Workers to Get Overtime for Storm Cleanup, Ending SuitMigrant Workers to Get Overtime for Storm Cleanup, Ending Suit
In what appears to be the first resolution of a legal case involving charges of mistreatment of migrant workers cleaning up after Hurricane Katrina, the Belfor USA Group has agreed to pay more than $200,000 in overtime to workers hired by its
H-1B visa holders paid less than AmericansH-1B visa holders paid less than Americans
Indo-Asian News Service Washington, Sep 8 (IANS) H-1B visa holders are 'taken advantage of' and, contrary to claims by US industry, are paid less salary than similarly qualified American citizens,
Calderon to seek US immigration reformCalderon to seek US immigration reform
Mexico City.- Mexico's president-elect says he will try to do what his predecessor couldn't in six years: Win an immigration accord that will let millions more Mexicans work in the United States legally. Felipe Calderon said Thursday he is committed to
National Conference of State Legislatures Immigrant Policy Web PageNational Conference of State Legislatures Immigrant Policy Web Page
The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
Dangerous jobs take toll on illegal immigrantsDangerous jobs take toll on illegal immigrants
Source: Charlotte Observer
Much of the furor over immigration reform has been about whether undocumented workers like Mario should be allowed to stay in the U.S. or made to leave. But beyond that debate lies an undeniable fact: They face disproportionate dangers on the job.
For most Americans, the workplace is much safer than it was a decade ago. This is not the case for many Latinos, who remain trapped in an earlier, more brutal era of industrialization. They lead throwaway lives, and their plight is nearly invisible because so many live in the shadows.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Women 'form half of all migrants'Women 'form half of all migrants'
In Special Reports
A UN report says women and girls now make up half of all world migrants, totalling 95 million.
Migrant workers from Eastern Europe threaten social fabric, says head of Britain's leading employers' organisationMigrant workers from Eastern Europe threaten social fabric, says head of Britain's leading employers' organisation
Richard Lambert, the director-general of the CBI, put himself at odds with some of Britain's leading companies when he said the government should be wary of an "open door" policy to new workers from the two eastern European countries poised to join the EU next year.
In Bellwether District, G.O.P. Runs on ImmigrationIn Bellwether District, G.O.P. Runs on Immigration
By CARL HULSE
Republicans are finding that a hard-line stance on immigration resonates with a wide swath of voters.
U.S. immigration overhaul impossible: Senate leaderU.S. immigration overhaul impossible: Senate leader
U.S. immigration overhaul impossible: Senate leader Wed Sep 6, 2006 3:07pm ET [-] [+] By Donna SmithWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. congressional leaders are giving up on broad immigration legislation that would legalize millions of illegal immigrants
Throwaway Workers, Part 2: Labor Day For The Most VulnerableThrowaway Workers, Part 2: Labor Day For The Most Vulnerable
Source: Confined Space
The Chicago Tribune's second installment of "Throwaway Workers" appears today. It deals with immigrant workers who have been seriously injured on the job, and the lack of medical or financial support they receive -- because the companies haven't provided insurance, because they just go out of business, or because they just refuse.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Rallies for immigrants in several citiesRallies for immigrants in several cities
SAN FRANCISCO In far smaller numbers than they did this spring, supporters of illegal immigrants marched in several U.S. cities Monday, calling for them to be given the chance to live and work freely in the United States. Labor groups joined legal and
No signs of pro-immigrant voter boomNo signs of pro-immigrant voter boom
LOS ANGELES - During the spring protests that brought hundreds of thousands to the streets, Hispanic immigrants chanted a promise and a threat to
Throwaway Workers: The Immigrant ExperienceThrowaway Workers: The Immigrant Experience
Source: Confined Space
The raging debate over this country's immigration policy tends to focus on how high we build the walls, and whether or when those who have been working here for years will be given the opportunity to become citizens. Lost in the debate is the issue of the work that the immigrants are doing, and how many get injured or killed.
GOP lawmakers go mum on immigration reformGOP lawmakers go mum on immigration reform
By Carl Hulse, Rachel L. Swarns
As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political...
IMMIGRANTS, LABOR WALK ON COMMON GROUND / Reform issues attract members of both groups to Bay Area ralliesIMMIGRANTS, LABOR WALK ON COMMON GROUND / Reform issues attract members of both groups to Bay Area rallies
By Erin Allday, Jim Herron Zamora, Steve Rubenstein
Thousands of minority workers and labor activists took to the streets of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose on Monday to rally for immigration law reform in the first major demonstrations on the issue since May, and the first to take advantage of a new...