Immigration News Blog
Friday, August 31, 2007
Judge bars action against illegal hiresJudge bars action against illegal hires
Source: LA Times
A federal judge in San Francisco on Friday temporarily blocked the U.S. government from starting its planned crackdown against employers who hired undocumented immigrant workers.
Illegal workers face new federal offensiveIllegal workers face new federal offensive
Source: Seattle Times
From the kitchens of swanky Belltown restaurants to the farm fields of Eastern Washington, a looming federal crackdown on illegal-immigrant hiring could create widespread workplace disruptions.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Deportees using 'revolving door' to return to U.S.Deportees using 'revolving door' to return to U.S.
The little reported phenomenon of the repeat lawbreakers was highlighted by the high-profile case of Elvira Arellano, the Mexican illegal immigrant deported earlier this month for slipping back into the United States despite a previous removal in 1997.
French expats in England say they'd go back if system improvedFrench expats in England say they'd go back if system improved
Anrmy Bourhane, a Frenchman of African origin, had three years' experience as an account manager and a master's in international business but spent a fruitless year in Paris looking for work. Eight months ago, he came to London and found a job as a sales representative within 10 days. Two months later he was promoted.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Labor unions, ACLU sue to stop immigration 'no-match' ruleLabor unions, ACLU sue to stop immigration 'no-match' rule
The AFL-CIO, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center and other groups announced Tuesday that they are suing the federal government to stop a recently announced rule designed to crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Immigrants a fact, not an illusionImmigrants a fact, not an illusion
Thousands of columns have appeared in this space over the last 23 years, but none has received more feedback -- most of it negative -- than a recent treatise on the vital role that illegal immigrants play in the California economy and the potentially heavy impact of a federal crackdown on their employers.
Illegal immigrants choice: work underground or leaveIllegal immigrants choice: work underground or leave
By Tyche Hendricks
Jorge S., an East Bay grocery store clerk, worries about his family's future if the Bush administration follows through with its declaration this month to crack down on employers who fail to verify the legal status of their workers. "Everyone at the store is...
Friday, August 24, 2007
Imported-labor rights at heart of welders disputeImported-labor rights at heart of welders dispute
When 33 Mexican welders with permits to be in this country while working for a Channelview shipyard walked off the job earlier this month, they stepped into the heart of a debate over the rights of imported laborers.
U.S. education suddenly a hard sellU.S. education suddenly a hard sell
Visa delays, an unpopular war and an immigration crackdown have made America a less appealing destination for international students, and that could be bad for the U.S. economy down the road. Dan Grech explains.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Workers say Miss. police kidnapped themWorkers say Miss. police kidnapped them
Thirty Mexican nationals with visas to work in the U.S. claim police in Pascagoula kidnapped and threatened them with arrest or deportation if they did not return to an employer.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Politics of Enforcing Immigration LawThe Politics of Enforcing Immigration Law
As the federal government steps up raids on businesses that employ illegal immigrants, officers are arresting people who have lived in the country for years, and may have American-born children. Guests discuss increased enforcement, and the changing politics of the immigration debate.
Construction jobs hang onConstruction jobs hang on
The housing bubble has burst and new home construction has slowed dramatically, but a new study shows that Hispanic construction workers have managed to keep finding work. Though maybe not as much. Dan Grech explains.
Wage picture gets brighter for LatinosWage picture gets brighter for Latinos
The proportion of foreign-born Latinos at the lowest end of the wage scale fell by 6 percentage points over the decade ending in 2005, the Pew Hispanic Center reported Tuesday.
Researchers see 'reverse brain drain'Researchers see 'reverse brain drain'
The percentage of patents filed by foreigners living in the U.S. has tripled in the past decade yet the tight cap on permanent visas may force entrepreneurs back home to create rival companies in China, India and elsewhere, according to a study.
Migrant workers fleeced, union saysMigrant workers fleeced, union says
Oscar Madrid, a 33-year-old naturalized citizen originally from Honduras, aroused no suspicion last month when he was hired as a painter at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, now being renovated through a nearly $7 million contract.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Mexican Workers Among the Trapped in UtahMexican Workers Among the Trapped in Utah
Three of the miners still trapped in the Utah mine collapse are from the state of Sinaloa in Mexico. Mining companies from the United States recruit laborers from Mexico, luring them with high wages and a chance to come to America.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Meatpacking remakes rural U.S. townsMeatpacking remakes rural U.S. towns
This is the home of Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, of Boot Hill and the Long Branch Saloon, of cattle drives, buffalo hunters and the romance of the American West. But that's the Dodge City of yesteryear.
Migrant cash is world economic giantMigrant cash is world economic giant
Josif Poro pats his new sofa, points with pride to his carpets and runs a wrinkled hand over a gleaming white refrigerator. He and his wife barely scrape by on their $220 monthly pension. They'd have to do without many of the items in their cramped apartment if their son, a factory worker in Greece, didn't faithfully send home part of his earnings.
Immigrants send less cash home as construction slows (w/video)Immigrants send less cash home as construction slows (w/video)
Illegal immigrants are bearing the brunt of a construction slowdown, losing their jobs painting, laying tile and building roofs for new homes, economists said. And with less cash in their pockets, some immigrants are cutting back on the amount they send to relatives in Latin America.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Farmers fear for crops in immigrant crackdownFarmers fear for crops in immigrant crackdown
With fruit rotting in fields, unmilked cows suffering in barns and shuttered farmhouses, growers are painting a bleak picture of their industry under new federal immigration policies.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
11 set hunger strike over pay at stadium11 set hunger strike over pay at stadium
Living wage sought for cleaners at Yard Luis Larin once fasted six days to protest rising electricity rates in his native Guatemala.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Counties See Minorities Become the New MajorityCounties See Minorities Become the New Majority
Immigrants who were once attracted to big cities like New York and Los Angeles are instead heading to the suburbs. Zala Siddiqui, living in Chicago's suburbs, and Narsi Narasimhan, from the Atlanta area, tell their stories.
Immigration Rules: An Economic Disaster?Immigration Rules: An Economic Disaster?
Homeland Security's plan to crack down on employers will gut industries of workers and drive more immigrants underground, say opponents