Immigration News Blog
Friday, October 31, 2008
Kosher Slaughterhouse Former Manager ArrestedKosher Slaughterhouse Former Manager Arrested
U.S. immigration agents have arrested a former manager of a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa on immigration charges. He faces charges related to the company's hiring of illegal immigrants, including aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Migrants start to move back inlandMigrants start to move back inland
Chinese Labour Bulletin
Factory closures and rising unemployment in the Pearl River Delta and eastern coastal regions are forcing increasing numbers of migrant workers to return home.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Global Migration Forum: Migrants Must Be Protected as Financial Crisis HitsGlobal Migration Forum: Migrants Must Be Protected as Financial Crisis Hits
“The search for a solution to the global financial crisis must ensure people's mobility, not restrict it,” said ITUC President Sharon Burrow, conference chairperson of the civil society days of the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development (GMFD) at Monday's opening of the conference in Manila.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Foreigners laid off in Japanese downturnForeigners laid off in Japanese downturn
Brazilian Stenio Sameshima came to Japan last year with plans to make a bundle of money at the country's humming auto factories. Instead, he's spending a lot of time in line at employment agencies.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Still wanted by South Florida hotels: foreign workersStill wanted by South Florida hotels: foreign workers
A weakening economy and rising unemployment rate won't stop thousands of foreign workers from landing jobs in South Florida hotels this winter.
Separating Fact From Fiction: Refugees, Immigrants And Public BenefitsSeparating Fact From Fiction: Refugees, Immigrants And Public Benefits
Not all emails are equal or even accurate. Anti-immigrant activists like to stir up anger by distorting the facts with dishonest claims. They say immigrants get more benefits than Americans. Here are the quick facts (read below for the details) that they don’t tell you:
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Supreme Court to hear case on immigrants' use of fake IDsSupreme Court to hear case on immigrants' use of fake IDs
The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether the government can use new identity theft laws to send illegal immigrants using fake identification cards to prison or to force them to leave the country.The Bush
Monday, October 20, 2008
With Economy, Day Laborer Jobs DwindleWith Economy, Day Laborer Jobs Dwindle
With less work to go around, the lives of day laborers have become a test of wits, patience and hope.
Mexico Clamps Down on Illegal Immigrants From CubaMexico Clamps Down on Illegal Immigrants From Cuba
Mexico agreed to tighten immigration rules on Monday in an effort to cut off the main smuggling route for thousands of Cubans headed to the United States. 'We believe now there will be fewer attempts to use Mexico as an illegal
Hispanics from Mexico integrateHispanics from Mexico integrate
ispanics from Mexico integrate consistently with all ethnic groups over generations in the United States, researchers said.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Clash of cultures: Somali and Latino workers at U.S. meat packing plantsClash of cultures: Somali and Latino workers at U.S. meat packing plants
Muslim Somali workers at a meat packing plant in wanted to pray. Their colleagues from Latin America wanted to work. A dispute over the company's break schedule led to formal discrimination claims, mass job walk-offs and public protests by both sides
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Mexican workers in US during WWII can get back payMexican workers in US during WWII can get back pay
AP - Ramon Ibarra remembers his backbreaking days repairing railroads in the Southwest, a contract job for which he left Mexico in 1942 as part of a guest worker program. More than 60 years later, he's looking forward to the rest of his paycheck.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
International Labor Migration in a Globalizing EconomyInternational Labor Migration in a Globalizing Economy
As globalization spread over the last twenty years, migration expanded less rapidly than either trade or foreign investment. Yet migration remains contentious. The net impact of migration is positive for the migrants and high-income countries, and more gains are feasible. Developing countries, however, may suffer from growing brain-drain.
Proposal seeks employer sanction changesProposal seeks employer sanction changes
An Arizona law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants is facing a possible overhaul before any businesses have even been called into court for alleged violations.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Democracy in the Age of New MediaDemocracy in the Age of New Media
Political issues can be affected by the barrage of media coverage, especially that delivered by new media. The Brookings Institution and the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California recently co-hosted a symposium to release a study examining new media’s role in the U.S. immigration debate.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Migrant workers and their children suffer most in China's turbulent economyMigrant workers and their children suffer most in China's turbulent economy
Chinese Labour Bulletin
Feng Xianfa is a 30 year-old father of two who moved to Shengze, China's "Silk Capital," in search of work in the booming textile industry. When the economy took a severe downturn early this year and the factories scaled-back production, unskilled migrant workers like Feng and his wife Hu Jinmei were the first to be discarded.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Migrant workers worst hit by textile industry slowdownMigrant workers worst hit by textile industry slowdown
Chinese Labour Bulletin
The global economic slowdown, combined with increased mechanization in the textile industry, has made life extremely difficult for unskilled migrant workers in China’s silk capital, Shengze, in southern Jiangsu province.
Widespread problems, fraud found in H-1B programWidespread problems, fraud found in H-1B program
An internal report by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examining the H-1B visa program has found evidence of forged documents and fake degrees, and even 'shell' companies giving addresses of fake locations. The USCIS
Community of Spanish-speaking immigrants that grew around SC chicken plant torn apart by raidCommunity of Spanish-speaking immigrants that grew around SC chicken plant torn apart by raid
When Magdalana Domingo Ramirez Lopez moved to this South Carolina city nearly two years ago to work at the chicken processing plant, she felt at home.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Skilled Australians' departure at recordSkilled Australians' departure at record
Australia has experienced its biggest annual exodus on record with 76923 people leaving the country permanently in 2007-08, a new report shows. ...
300 suspected illegal immigrants caught in SC raid300 suspected illegal immigrants caught in SC raid
Federal agents detained more than 300 suspected illegal immigrants Tuesday in a raid at a chicken processing plant that has been under investigation for months.
Monday, October 06, 2008
Illegal residents but responsible homeownersIllegal residents but responsible homeowners
Undocumented immigrants who own homes have a lower rate of delinquencies than U.S. citizens, according to various real estate sources.
A massive migrationA massive migration
Zhen comes from a small village in northern China's Hebei province, where his father, and grandfather are all farmers who never left the land.
Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing ChinaFactory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China
She writes about the way the workers themselves see migration, bringing us views that are rarely heard. “Factory Girls” is highly readable and even amusing
EU opens 'job centre' in AfricaEU opens 'job centre' in Africa
The EU opens a "job centre" in Mali, hoping fewer young Africans will risk their lives trying to get to Europe.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Sharp decline in median income of non-citizen immigrant householdsSharp decline in median income of non-citizen immigrant households
By Peter Rousmaniere
The Pew Hispanic Center reports that the median income of households headed by non-citizen immigrants fell 7.3% between 2006 and 2007. 45% of these households are headed by an illegal immigrant. Given has about half of these illegal workers are estimated ot be pain in full or part in cash. I am not very confident about these figures. However, the collapse of the residential construction market has probably wiped out a lot of relatively high paying jobs, and demand for illegal labor has probably peaked or declined in all other job sectors.
Fired Muslims To Sue Over Prayer Break DisputeFired Muslims To Sue Over Prayer Break Dispute
Last month, more than 100 Somalis were fired for walking off the job at a meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colo. They were protesting the company for not allowing breaks to pray at sunset during Ramadan. Now they are in the first stages of filing a class-action lawsuit.
Fewer Reported Entering U.S. IllegallyFewer Reported Entering U.S. Illegally
The latest arrest figures from the Border Patrol and a report released on Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center indicate that fewer people are trying to enter the United States illegally and that the number living here without documents has declined.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Race, immigration, and the U.S. labor market: contrasting the outcomes of foreign born and native blacksRace, immigration, and the U.S. labor market: contrasting the outcomes of foreign born and native blacks
It is generally expected that immigrants do not fare as well as the native-born in the U.S. labor market. The literature also documents that Blacks experience lower labor market outcomes than Whites. This paper innovates by studying the interaction between race and immigration.
Towns Need Doctors, and the Doctors Need VisasTowns Need Doctors, and the Doctors Need Visas
The possibility of a green card could help recruit foreign-born doctors to work for upstate hospitals in underserved communities.