Immigration News Blog
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Immigration marches return with messages aimed at votersImmigration marches return with messages aimed at voters
AP - Immigration activists and civil rights leaders are gearing up for rallies and marches in cities across the nation, hoping to revive the stagnant immigration debate in time for the presidential election.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Young Indians Abroad Return to Help Better CountryYoung Indians Abroad Return to Help Better Country
Young Indians who grew up in Britain, Australia and America are working elbow-to-elbow on India's environmental projects. The collaboration is not without challenges, but along the way the participants are building an identity that crosses cultural borders.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Multilingual workplace can translate into opportunitiesMultilingual workplace can translate into opportunities
Hola, America, we're going global, pronto. By the watercooler, in the boardroom, around the cafeteria, a new multilingualism is burgeoning, sparked by a swelling immigrant population and our deepening ties to the world economy. Nearly 20 percent of Americans over age 5 speak a language other than English at home, up from 14 percent in 1990. That means say "hola" ...
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Firms and unions back French illegalsFirms and unions back French illegals
In his rented flat in the Paris suburbs of Seine-St-Denis, Bakary Camara leafs through pages of character references from friends and ...
Tomato pickers' pay-probe soughtTomato pickers' pay-probe sought
Delivering a victory to farmworker groups that complain of paltry wages on Florida farms, senators said Tuesday they'll ask federal investigators to determine whether migrant farm workers are being paid as much as the tomato industry claims.
Nearly 300 arrested in immigration raids at poultry plantsNearly 300 arrested in immigration raids at poultry plants
Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.
Monday, April 14, 2008
At an Organic Farm in Upstate New York, a Bumper Crop of BureaucracyAt an Organic Farm in Upstate New York, a Bumper Crop of Bureaucracy
When Salim B. Lewis and his wife began building three suburban-style homes for the workers on their farm, they didn’t realize they were wading into a regulatory brawl.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
LA mayor chides ICE for workplace immigration raids Los Angeles TimesLA mayor chides ICE for workplace immigration raids
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has asked the federal government to review its immigration enforcement priorities, warning that work-site raids on "non-exploitative" businesses could have "severe and lasting effects" on the local economy.
Employer eases path to citizenshipEmployer eases path to citizenship
A businessman who operates a statewide chain of pizzerias and has invested millions of dollars into redeveloping old Lawrence mills is pushing a new initiative aimed at aiding his immigrant workers to obtain United States citizenship.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
IT Workers on the Move With GlobalizationIT Workers on the Move With Globalization
Because of shortages, OECD governments have eased the entry of foreign skilled workers. For example, the US has an employment-sponsored non-immigrant work ...
Case highlights room for abuse in H-2B programCase highlights room for abuse in H-2B program
The foreign workers are reluctant to complain to police or government regulators because they could lose their immigrant status. "All too often, in exchange ...
El Salvador Struggles to Re-Absorb U.S. DeporteesEl Salvador Struggles to Re-Absorb U.S. Deportees
This week, NPR's Jennifer Ludden looked at what happens when a country -- in particular, El Salvador -- has to take back a large number of its own nationals deported by the United States. What are the effects of their migration and their return?
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Day laborers build solidarity networkDay laborers build solidarity network
For thousands of day laborers in Houston, picking up a good-paying job on a local street corner can be a struggle.
59 Immigrant Hotel Workers Arrested in Raid59 Immigrant Hotel Workers Arrested in Raid
Federal immigration officials said they arrested 59 foreign-born workers in a raid yesterday at the Lansdowne Resort in Loudoun County. The officials said the detainees, all from Latin America, were suspected of having used fraudulent or stolen documents to obtain jobs at the hotel and golf resort.
Deportee a Stranger in His HomelandDeportee a Stranger in His Homeland
Omar Giron lived in the United States for so long that when he returned to El Salvador -- the country he left 20 years ago -- it was anything but a homecoming. And perhaps nothing marks him more as an outsider than his daily battle against dust.
Monday, April 07, 2008
NFA week spreads word on immigration, globalizationNational Farmerworkers Awareness week spreads word on immigration, globalization
Students rallied to the plight of national farmworkers during National Farmworkers Awareness sweep through UT's campus. Undergraduate Anthropology Department hosted two film viewings and a petition for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in the first week of April.
Ungrateful states scare off immigrantsUngrateful states scare off immigrants
More and more states are doing the job that Congress failed to do by trying to formulate immigration policy -- either by scaring off immigrants or bringing in more of them.
Deportee Back Home After Near-Death Trip to U.S.Deportee Back Home After Near-Death Trip to U.S.
Julio Cuellar is one of a growing number of El Salvadorans who illegally cross into the U.S. and are deported home. Although he had hoped to earn money to help his sick daughter, he suffered a harrowing journey in the Arizona desert that nearly killed him.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Azirona employers slow of E-VerifyAzirona employers slow of E-Verify
By Peter Rousmaniere
The Legal Arizona Workers Act that took effect 1/1/08 (which I have posted on) requires all Arizona employers to use the Federal E-Verify system. Only about 15% of employers have done so already. ere is how it works: An employer enters a new hire's name, Social Security number and birth date into the online system and instantly receives a message on the screen saying the person is eligible to work in the United States. It appears that there has about a 7% non-conforming rate. My guess is that the E-Verify system is working but that many employers have not been hiring illegal workers since January (the system is applicable only to new hires), and that employers who do have not signed up year.
H-1B year to begin again April 1H-1B year to begin again April 1
By Peter Rousmaniere
...and with it another round of frenzied applications for 65,000 slots, which are typically oversubscribed in the first day or two after April 1. This Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) reports that “The visa stalemate has prompted some companies to expand overseas. In September, Microsoft opened its first software-development center in Canada, saying it enabled the company to recruit and retain highly skilled people "affected by immigration issues in the U.S."