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  • Unemployed Bricklayers: Workers Are 'Illegal'

    02/13/2009 6:09:45 AM PST · by DEPcom · 32 replies · 1,128+ views
    WYFF4 Local NBC ^ | 13 Feb 2009 | DEPcom
    ANDERSON, S.C. -- Some people call it racial profiling without a reason, others say it's a suspicious circumstance. For the second day in a row, on Thursday protesters gathered at an Anderson construction site, demonstrating against what they claim are illegal workers. The general contractor said that its masonry subcontractor has made assurances that all its workers are in the U.S. legally. The project is a new Anderson city fire station near Simpson Road and Highway 81.
  • Senate Stimulus Passes and Allows for the Hiring of Illegal Aliens

    02/12/2009 8:46:24 AM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies · 828+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 3:26 PM
    Senate Stimulus Passes and Allows for the Hiring of Illegal Aliens Updated Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 3:26 PM The Senate has passed an $838 billion economic stimulus package with a vote of 61-37. The Senate bill as it stands allows for the hiring of illegal aliens. The House and Senate will now confer to come up with a unified proposal that will then need approval from both the House and Senate before being sent to the President.Both the Senate Democrats and Republicans have named their conferees, which is likely to begin this afternoon. Senate Democrats appointed Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye,...
  • Thomas Friedman: The Open-Door Bailout [How Immigration Will End the Financial Crisis]

    02/11/2009 10:15:40 AM PST · by AfterManyASummer · 89 replies · 1,983+ views
    New York Times ^ | 2/9/2009 | Thomas Friedman
    Leave it to a brainy Indian to come up with the cheapest and surest way to stimulate our economy: immigration. “All you need to do is grant visas to two million Indians, Chinese and Koreans,” said Shekhar Gupta, editor of The Indian Express newspaper. “We will buy up all the subprime homes. We will work 18 hours a day to pay for them. We will immediately improve your savings rate — no Indian bank today has more than 2 percent nonperforming loans because not paying your mortgage is considered shameful here. And we will start new companies to create our...
  • Mexico deploying guards to protect commuter routes for Americans

    02/10/2009 1:27:22 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 508+ views
    Dallas morning news ^ | Feb. 7, 2009 | ANGELA KOCHERGA
    CIUDAD JUÁREZ, Mexico – As violent crime surges, this border city and international manufacturing center is deploying security forces to create safe commuter routes for U.S. executives and others who work in industrial parks. Ciudad Juárez is home to 380 maquiladoras, factories where Mexican workers assemble products for foreign companies. Most are U.S.-owned or subsidiaries. The factories employ more than 230,000 people. So officials created special commuter routes leading to and from industrial parks to protect workers and managers. "The maquila industry is about 60 percent of the economy. And we know how important it is," Mayor Jesús Reyes Ferris...
  • Environmental Activist Resigns After Rally (He chose his words - poorly)

    02/10/2009 10:12:23 AM PST · by Enterprise · 8 replies · 888+ views
    KMJ 580 ^ | 2-10-09 | dennis hart
    Environmental activist Lloyd Carter resigned from the California Water Impact Network late Monday afternoon -- after more than 100 people showed up outside Fresno City Hall to rally against his comments last week that disparaged farm workers.
  • Bad economy forcing immigrants to reconsider U.S.

    02/10/2009 9:45:23 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 28 replies · 919+ views
    CNN ^ | February 10, 2009 | Thelma Gutierrez and Wayne Drash
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Pedro Pablo slowly folds up his American flag blanket and stuffs it in his duffel bag. With it goes his American dream. "I left my family and lost four years with them. I will ask them to forgive me," he said. Pablo is an illegal immigrant from Guatemala who came to the United States to support his wife and five sons back home. When he arrived, construction jobs were plentiful. Over the last year, he says, he's worked three days. He recently boarded a bus with a one-way ticket home, paid for by the Guatemalan...
  • 598,000 U.S. Jobs Lost in JAN --Will Senate Give Jobs to Illegal Aliens?

    02/08/2009 9:29:26 PM PST · by ckilmer · 16 replies · 555+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | Friday, February 6, 2009, 9:10 AM | Roy Beck
    598,000 U.S. Jobs Lost in JAN -- Will Senate Today Go Through With Plan to Give Stimulus Jobs to Illegal Aliens?   By Roy Beck, Friday, February 6, 2009, 9:10 AM The feds' monthly report was even worse than expected: 598,000 jobs cut in January. And, yet, Senate leaders have still not given permission for a vote on a Stimulus Bill amendment that would keep illegal foreign workers from getting jobs created by the massive taxpayer effort. How many Americans have to lose their jobs before they are given priority over illegal aliens and the outlaw companies that hire them?...
  • Farm worker suspected of abusing 3-year-old near Newberg

    02/06/2009 8:47:03 AM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 492+ views
    KGW News ^ | Feb. 4, 2009 | DAVID KROUGH
    NEWBERG, Ore. -- Police in the Newberg area were looking for a farm worker suspected of molesting a 3-year old girl. Neptali Sanchez-Gonzales, 19, was last seen in the Newberg area Sunday evening after witnesses told police he ran from the victim's home where he was subletting a room. Police said the child had reported the incident to her mother. Police think Sanchez-Gonzales may be driving a red 1990 Ford Thunderbird, with Oregon plates 061 BLT. Investigators said the car has extensive front damage. Sanchez-Gonzales was described as about 5'7" in height, about 150 pounds with black hair and brown...
  • Layoffs Mean More Than Lost Wages for H-1B Visa Holders

    02/02/2009 3:53:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies · 1,257+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 02/01/2009 | Pete Carey
    For the two out-of-work engineers, it's a race against time. They've lost their Silicon Valley jobs and need to quickly find others at a time when companies everywhere are tightening their belts. Both are Indians whose advanced degrees were earned at American universities. And both are facing the inflexible rules of their H-1B work visas. Technically, as soon as they lost their jobs, they were required to leave the country. In reality, they can probably wing it for a week or two, but not much longer. This stark dilemma is being repeated with increasing frequency across SiliconValley, according to immigration...
  • Three Illegal Chinese Immigrants Arrested In Salamanca

    01/31/2009 9:51:18 AM PST · by AuntB · 3 replies · 445+ views
    Post Journal ^ | Jan.29, 2009 | he Post-Journal Staff
    Three Chinese citizens living in Warren, Pa., were charged with immigration violations at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca. Chung Mau Ling, 26, of Warren, Al Jian Gao, 26, and Dao Mou Ni, 33, all of Warren, were all taken to a federal detention facility in Batavia after an investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Department. According to a police report, two men from the Republic of China presented false drivers licenses to employees at the casino, who then notified the Cattaraugus County Sheriffs Department Casino Division, who detained the men for questioning. The men could...
  • Wildcat Strikes Over Foreign Workers Spread Across Britain

    01/30/2009 8:56:08 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 992+ views
    London Times ^ | January 30, 2009
    January 30, 2009 Wildcat strikes over foreign workers spread across Britain Bernard McAulay from the union Unite speaks to protesters at the Lindsey oil refinery in North Lincolnshire Wildcat strikes spread to power stations across Britain today with more than 2,000 workers at 17 different sites walking out in protest against the use of foreign contractors. Around 700 staff walked out of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland and 400 more staged an unofficial strike at a refinery in Teesside as workers lent their support to a three-day strike at Total's Lindsey oil refinery near Grimsby. The wave of renegade...
  • Senator Asks Microsoft to Lay Off Foreigners Ahead of Americans

    01/26/2009 9:51:00 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 47 replies · 1,416+ views
    Senator Asks Microsoft to Lay Off Foreigners Ahead of Americans Jason Mick (Blog) - January 26, 2009 11:07 AM A prominent Republican Senator has some controversial suggestions for Microsoft on its job cuts Faced with the wrath of its shareholders after missing its earnings targets badly, Microsoft announced that it would be laying off 5,000 employees, a sharp reverse of years of hiring and growth. The layoffs are starting to be announced this week. Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, where Microsoft has a significant presence, wrote a letter to Microsoft with suggestions about the layoff. In his letter,...
  • Senator questions, prods Microsoft on inclusion of H-1B workers in layoffs

    01/24/2009 9:24:29 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 41 replies · 894+ views
    ComputerWorld ^ | January 23, 2009
    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Microsoft Corp. this week that U.S. citizens should get priority over H-1B visa holders as the software vendor moves forward on its plan to cut 5,000 jobs. "These work visa programs were never intended to allow a company to retain foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American workers, when that company cuts jobs during an economic downturn," Grassley wrote in a letter sent Thursday to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The letter asked Microsoft to detail the types of jobs that will be eliminated and how those cuts will affect the company's H-1B workers....
  • Prosecutors tie illegal workers to international crime syndicate

    01/18/2009 6:57:59 AM PST · by AuntB · 2 replies · 679+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 17, 2009 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK The 22 suspects charged in a widespread immigration fraud conspiracy case are linked to an organized crime ring that has tentacles throughout Eastern Europe and Russia and across the United States, prosecutors said this week. "The organization has not been totally dismantled," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. DePadilla told a magistrate judge Friday during bond hearings for 13 defendants. The operation was run from the former Soviet bloc country of Belarus by Viktar Krus, one of the 22 charged in the case, DePadilla said in a court filing. Krus owns a home in Virginia Beach but spent a lot...
  • Immigration reform coming but won't be easy (Kondracke Barf alert!)

    01/17/2009 10:35:47 AM PST · by AuntB · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | Jan. 16, 2009 | Morton Kondracke
    Given last year's election results, major immigration reform ought to pass in 2009 – but first, the incoming Obama administration has to decide what to do about some draconian policies put into place by the Bush administration. After failing to pass its own reform bill in 2007, Bush & Co. launched a policy of high-visibility workplace raids, mass deportation and rigorous employment verification designed to show that they were tough on illegal immigration. President-elect Barack Obama denounced the raids during the campaign, but canceling George W. Bush's policies could open the new administration to charges that it's "soft" on enforcement...
  • Caption Boxer and Feinstein at Hilda Solis' Sec. of Labor confirmation hearing

    01/13/2009 10:05:00 AM PST · by redstates4ever · 24 replies · 1,056+ views
    Daylife Photos ^ | 1/9/09 | staff
    "US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (L) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (R) join hands with US Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA) (C), President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of Labor, before her confirmation hearing with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 9, 2009. Feinstein and Boxer gave testimonials as they formally introduced Solis for her hearing."
  • Why Obama's "make work" projects will be cheered by illegal aliens

    01/13/2009 5:31:43 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 22 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | Jan. 13, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last November Barack Obama outlined his “back to the thirties” major infrastructure plan. He talked about a two year program of rebuilding “crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools building wind farms and so on. You get the picture. That sounds nice but what’s Obama really going to accomplish? This ridiculous boondoggle will cost ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! We’ve already spent half of the seven hundred billion dollars of the so-called bailout fund, and have virtually NOTHING to show for it. We don’t even know where the money has gone! What could possibly make Obama think plunging America deeper into debt by...
  • Illegal sues for higher pay – and wins!

    01/09/2009 10:52:13 AM PST · by AuntB · 68 replies · 1,285+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Jan. 9, 2009 | World Net Daily
    Aliens demand companies shell out minimum wage or face state investigation.... an illegal alien in Boston filed a complaint against a supermarket – and won his case. The illegal alien from Guatemala spoke to the Boston Globe anonymously because he feared deportation. "I was just collecting what was rightfully owed to me," he said in Spanish. One day, he decided to gather his pay stubs into a plastic bag and deliver them to a lawyer – ...... Super 88 was ordered to provide back pay and fines of $200,000 to more than 300 workers, the Globe reported. Illegal aliens now...
  • Study counters beliefs about illegal immigrants (Only 3 percent work in agriculture)

    06/15/2005 5:32:53 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 1,736+ views
    Mercury News ^ | Jun. 15, 2005 | Jessie Mangaliman
    One quarter of the country's 10.3 million illegal immigrants have some college education and live with families, shattering a stereotype that this sector of the population is made up of poorly educated single men who work menial jobs, according to a national report released Tuesday. The report from the Pew Hispanic Center paints a portrait of the illegal-immigrant population in the United States that will be important as the country debates the controversial subject of immigration reform. "The stereotype we all know is single males working in agriculture," said Doris Meisner, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, which commissioned...
  • South Texas rancher given Bush pardon (Convicted of hiring illegals 16 years ago)

    12/26/2008 10:20:34 AM PST · by raybbr · 28 replies · 967+ views
    Chron.com ^ | Dec. 24, 2008 | GARY SCHARRER
    AUSTIN — A South Texas rancher got a good-news phone call Tuesday about a presidential pardon that wipes away a felony conviction for hiring undocumented workers to harvest his watermelons 16 years ago. "I really don't know why or anything," said John Allen Aregood, of Riviera, a ranching town about 11 miles south of Kingsville. "It's just a good Christmas present." He was one of 19 people granted pardons Tuesday by President George W. Bush. The only Texan on the list, Aregood paid a modest fine and served two years of probation after his conviction for aiding and harboring unauthorized...
  • U.S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers

    12/20/2008 9:14:08 PM PST · by HollyButler · 52 replies · 1,762+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2008 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    LOS ANGELES -- A year ago, a day-laborer center adjacent to a Home Depot here teemed with Latin American immigrants who showed up and found a sure day's work painting, gardening or hauling. These days, more than immigrants are packing the Hollywood Community Job Center: Unemployed Americans are joining them. There's little work for anybody. "Everybody is coming to look for work," says Rene Jemio, outreach coordinator for the hiring hall. "It's not just your average immigrant anymore; it's African-Americans and whites, too." For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence...
  • U.S. Workers Crowding Out Immigrant Laborers

    12/20/2008 7:15:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 25 replies · 1,116+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2008 | Miriam Jordan
    For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence is emerging that tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are withdrawing from the labor market as U.S. workers crowd them out of potential jobs. At least some of the foreigners are returning home. "We see competition from more nonimmigrant workers," says Abel Valenzuela, a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles who studies day laborers. "Employers are also paying less than in previous years," he says. In the third quarter of 2008, 71.3% of Latino immigrant workers were either employed or...
  • Employers look to Obama to deliver on immigration promise

    12/15/2008 10:30:08 AM PST · by HollyButler · 15 replies · 731+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 15, 2008 | Susan Ferriss
    In the green folds of the Capay Valley, the scene at Full Belly Farm isn't that different from countless other California businesses with immigrant workers on their payrolls. Everybody is hunkered down, thankful to have work – in this case, growing organic vegetables – and praying the economy improves with the coming Barack Obama administration's stimulus plans.Lori Wolf, a Modesto landscaper, added that immigration change "is just not something that can be swept under the rug again. It's very important to a lot of people, especially in California." Jim Abram, president of the California Hotel and Lodging Association in Sacramento,...
  • Mexodus

    12/15/2008 8:18:32 AM PST · by foutsc · 16 replies · 581+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 15 Dec 08 | foutsc
    Mexicans are self-deporting because of the bad economy, heading south for Christmas. DENVER – After going months without a full-time job, Daniel Ramirez has decided it's time to return to family in Mexico.Vicenta Rodriguez Lopez says she can't afford to live in Colorado any more because her husband was deported. Roberto Espinoza is going back, too. After 18 years as a mechanic for a General Motors dealership in Denver, his work permit wasn't renewed and he didn't want to remain in the country illegally.All are leaving Colorado in time for Christmas — joining a traditional holiday migration that will number...
  • Cleaning Firm Used Illegal Workers at Chertoff Home

    12/11/2008 3:33:57 PM PST · by sheana · 28 replies · 867+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, December 11, 2008 | By Spencer S. Hsu
    Every few weeks for nearly four years, the Secret Service screened the IDs of employees for a Maryland cleaning company before they entered the house of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the nation's top immigration official.
  • Local man among 11 arraigned in illegal immigrant smuggling

    12/11/2008 12:16:47 PM PST · by HollyButler · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Observer Today ^ | December 11, 2008 | Observer Today
    United States Attorney Terrance P. Flynn announced the arraignments on the indictments of 11 defendants, from New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. A local man, Jesus Francisco Escalante of Dunkirk, was one of those arraigned Wednesday in the Western District of New York along with Sergio Antonio Resendiz Martinez of Salamanca; Honorio Banda Mireles of Bradford; Maurilio Bautista Feria of Allegany; Javier Banda Mireles of Depew; Miguel Angel Antimo Mireles of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Alvaro Soto Paz and Agustin Quinones Torres, both of Willoughby, Ohio and Alejandro Garcia of Wheeling, W.Va. Simon Banda Mireles of Depew and Alberto Antimo...
  • Bush considering easing rules on foreign farm workers

    12/11/2008 10:58:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 23 replies · 721+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | 10 Dec 2008 | Michael Doyle
    Farmers would have an easier and cheaper time securing foreign guest workers under pending Bush administration rules. The controversial changes to the so-called H-2A guest-worker program could cut wages and speed worker recruitment. They also would relax requirements for providing foreign workers with housing and transportation. "The Department of Labor is going to weaken oversight and enforcement," Bruce Goldstein, the executive director of the Farmworker Justice Fund, charged Wednesday. A Labor Department spokesman said Wednesday night that the final rules would be made public Thursday and published in the Federal Register on Dec. 18, which means they'd take effect two...
  • Punish Immmigration Official? Take This Poll.

    12/06/2008 6:41:54 AM PST · by joeu01 · 33 replies · 1,154+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Dec. 06, 2008 | Jonathan Saltzman
    Poll is here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/12_06_08_henderson/
  • Postville may not qualify for disaster aid

    11/26/2008 6:54:12 AM PST · by HollyButler · 9 replies · 426+ views
    The Gazette ^ | November 25. 2008 | Orlan Love
    The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division expressed doubt Tuesday that it could provide assistance following the Postville City Council's declaration of the town as a humanitarian and economic disaster area. Disaster declarations are based on natural emergencies, "so I don't know how that would qualify," said division spokesman Bret Voorhees. The resolution, passed unanimously by the council Monday night, was sent to state officials Tuesday in an effort to secure financial assistance for the community devastated after a May 12 federal immigration raid that led to the recent closing of town's leading employer, kosher meatpacker Agriprocessors Inc. Voorhees...
  • Businesses Lose Interest In Illegal Immigration

    11/18/2008 3:31:04 PM PST · by AuntB · 13 replies · 555+ views
    KPHO News ^ | Nov. 17, 2008 | KTAR.com
    PHOENIX -- Arizona businesses seem to be losing interest in illegal immigration issues. Public Opinion Research recently asked a sample of state businesses how critical the illegal immigration issue is to their business. "What we found out was that only 10 percent said that it is critical," said researcher Mike O'Neil. Another 14 percent said immigration issues are "very important," while 56 percent said they were not important. About 200 of 3,000 Arizona small businesses contacted responded to the Arizona Economic Indicators survey. Three-quarters of the respondents said Arizona's employers sanctions law -- which imposes tough penalties on employers who...
  • Defects hit homes like a ton of bricks

    11/10/2008 8:33:34 AM PST · by AuntB · 44 replies · 316+ views
    Dallas morning news ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | JESSICA MEYERS
    GRAND PRAIRIE – Tina Belcher was mowing the lawn last spring when she noticed her house falling apart. "It crumbled like crackers," he said. "The whole thing fell off in my hand. I thought, 'Oh no, this isn't going to work.' " Up to 600 homes in North Texas face similar decay in the coming year as a result of low-quality bricks that infiltrated the market three years ago, say brick industry builders and distributors. They have traced the faulty bricks to Camargo, a Mexican manufacturer that shipped them to Landmark Brick, a Collin County-based distributor. Both have gone out...
  • UK: Immigration to be cut as unemployment soars

    10/17/2008 5:18:16 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 6 replies · 499+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/18/2008 | Richard Ford, Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson
    Strict limits are to be imposed on immigration amid fears that unemployment rises in the economic downturn will fuel racial tension. Phil Woolas, in his first interview since taking over as Immigration Minister, said that he wanted to see a dramatic reduction in the number of migrants coming to Britain. In what many will see as extraordinary remarks for a Labour minister, he told The Times that the economic backdrop changed everything. “If people are being made unemployed, the question of immigration becomes extremely thorny . . . It’s been too easy to get into this country in the past...
  • Muslim workers fired from JBS Swift plant; Cubans to replace

    10/12/2008 11:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies · 1,325+ views
    World News Network ^ | 12 October 2008 | TRACY OVERSTREET AND HAROLD REUTTER
    About 150 Muslim workers have been fired from a Grand Island meatpacking plant in a dispute over prayer... Plant officials at the JBS Swift meatpacking plant are bringing in Cuban workers to replace them...
  • Grand jury gets murder case in slaying of Jennifer Lee Hampton-TN Rapist murder-illegal

    10/10/2008 10:27:57 PM PDT · by HollyButler · 7 replies · 826+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | October 11, 2008 | Jamie Satterfield
    The woman who lived with Valentino Vasquez Miranda said he left her bed as her lover and returned an alleged killer, according to her testimony Friday in the case of an Alabama homecoming queen who was sodomized and slain inside a West Knox County motel room. Rosa Rodriquez Hernandez said she thought Miranda, her 19-year-old boyfriend and father of her 19-month-old daughter, had gone for a beer when he left the Days Inn room they shared just before 4 a.m. on Sept. 20. "I woke up (as he was leaving)," she testified in Knox County General Sessions Court. "He asked...
  • Grand jury gets murder case in slaying of Jennifer Lee Hampton (by illegal alien)

    10/11/2008 9:42:04 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies · 847+ views
    Knox News Sentinel ^ | October 11, 2008 | Jamie Satterfield
    The woman who lived with Valentino Vasquez Miranda said he left her bed as her lover and returned an alleged killer, according to her testimony Friday in the case of an Alabama homecoming queen who was sodomized and slain inside a West Knox County motel room. Rosa Rodriquez Hernandez said she thought Miranda, her 19-year-old boyfriend and father of her 19-month-old daughter, had gone for a beer -Snip- "I woke up (as he was leaving)," she testified in Knox County General Sessions Court. "He asked me for the keys." Those keys included a master key card that allowed the pair...
  • Police: Illegal Alien Admits He Sexually Assaulted Disabled Woman

    10/09/2008 2:13:24 PM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 463+ views
    620 WTMJ ^ | 10/9/08 | Jay Sorgi
    Waukesha Police say an illegal alien has confessed to the sexual assault of a physically disabled woman. Police arrested Juan Carlos Rojas-Sierra, 34, who they say admitted to the crime. "He ended up confessing to breaking into the apartment and sexually assaulting this woman," said Waukesha Police Captain Mark Stigler. The crime occurred last month on the 2800 block of University Drive in Waukesha. "The suspect in this case actually lived in that area and had prior passing contact with the victim," states Stigler. "That's how she knew who she was and where she lived. "This is not a crime...
  • S. Korea: Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China (Snickers M&M KitKat)

    10/04/2008 8:47:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies · 3,038+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 10/04/08
    Melamine Found in Chocolate Products From China South Korea's food watchdog has detected quantities of melamine, an industrial chemical, in chocolate products from foodstuff giants Nestle SA, Mars Inc. and South Korea's Lotte that were manufactured in China, Yonhap News reported Saturday. The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) said 2.38 parts per million (ppm) and 1.78 ppm of the toxic substance was discovered in samples of M&M's Milk and Peanut Snickers Fun Size products, respectively, from Mars Korea. A Kit Kat bar from Nestle Korea was also found to contain 2.89 ppm of melamine, the agency said. The...
  • Bradley County (TN): Builders upset with illegal workers

    09/27/2008 10:12:18 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 32 replies · 1,106+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | September 28, 2008 | Randall Higgins
    CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Some construction subcontractors have complained to the Bradley County Commission that competitors are hiring illegal workers and driving them out of business. “It seems to be getting out of hand,” local contractor Jerry Chess said. “I’d say I’ve lost 65 percent of my business this year.” Troy Smith, a masonry contractor, agreed that the problem lies with general contractors and homeowners. Employers go to locations like one on Georgetown Road where unemployed people gather, hire them for the day and pay them in the evening in cash, he said. Mr. Chess, who employs six workers legally, said...
  • Muslim Leader Says 150 Workers Fired At Swift's Neb. Plant

    09/20/2008 8:06:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 252+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 19, 2008
    Mohamed Rage, who leads the Omaha Somali-American Community Organization, said 80 workers were thrown out after an altercation late Thursday. He said when they tried to return for their shift Friday, they were fired, along with 70 others. Muslim workers have been asking for accommodations with break times to allow prayer at sunset. The issue led to walkouts this week -- not only from Muslims but from non-Muslims who protested such accommodations as preferential treatment.
  • Muslims quit at Swift

    09/19/2008 1:20:26 PM PDT · by AuntB · 66 replies · 314+ views
    Grand Island Independent ^ | Sept. 19, 2008 | Tracy Overstreet
    GRAND ISLAND — About 50 to 80 Muslims quit at the JBS Swift & Co. meatpacking plant Thursday night. Dan Hoppes, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local No. 22, said the matter stems from the recent debate over break time for the purpose of prayer during the holy month of Ramadan. "There were some Muslim people who wanted to get the rest of the people to back them to moving their (dinner) break to an earlier time, and when that did not happen, the rest of the people went back to work and those people protesting...
  • Ike aftermath lays bare U.S. immigration paradox

    09/19/2008 5:52:09 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 35 replies · 172+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 18, 2008 | Carey Gillam
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - The men gather early on street corners here in storm-battered Houston, ready for the jobs they know will come their way, sweeping up broken glass and clearing downed trees and debris from city streets. They speak mostly Spanish, while looking warily at strangers. And these undocumented, also called illegal, immigrants worry that instead of a job and a day's wages, they might instead find themselves arrested and deported. Indeed, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, which left a trail of destruction across southeast Texas, America's ongoing debate over U.S. immigration policy is again aflame. On the one...
  • Is Mexico the new China?

    09/13/2008 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies · 130+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 11, 2008 | Rafael Rivero, Sara Miller Llana
    Just as Mexico was becoming the rising star of global manufacturing in the 1990s, China's even cheaper wages turned that country into the world's factory. But now, with skyrocketing oil prices, escalating labor costs in China, and an appreciating currency there, companies targeting the US market are doing the math and giving Mexico another look. So-called "nearshoring" could generate a reverse globalization that brings manufacturing back to Mexico. "China was like a recent graduate, hitting the job market for the first time and willing to work for next to nothing," says German Dominguez, who advises companies that are considering producing...
  • Walmart Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    09/10/2008 8:34:46 AM PDT · by outfield · 45 replies · 534+ views
    Walmart ^ | 9/10/2008 | Walmart
    BENTONVILLE, Ark., September 10, 2008 – Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer and a leading private employer of Hispanics, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 1 – October 15, by providing its customers and the Hispanic community with valuable information and resources for the pursuit of higher education. Wal-Mart’s commitment to supporting education initiatives will be featured in a national campaign that will coincide with the launch of a Spanish-language website, AhorraMasViveMejor.com, aimed at facilitating and empowering moms and kids to access information on higher education and school funding.
  • [South Texas:]Illegal immigrant kills one at state Rep. Flores' ranch, police say

    09/02/2008 10:14:37 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 26 replies · 332+ views
    The Monitor ^ | September 1, 2008 | Sean Gaffney
    NEAR MISSION - Police say a suspected illegal immigrant working for a Democratic state representative brutally beat another man to death with a bat Monday morning. Froylen Casares, 24, was working at a ranch owned by state Rep. Kino Flores near the intersection of North Tropser and Yukon Roads when he killed a young Hispanic male whose name authorities have not released, said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño. "It was a very bloody, very bloody, very gruesome crime scene," Treviño said. Authorities continue to search for Casares, of Honduras, who fled the scene before they arrived at about 5:30 a.m....
  • Fear grips immigrants after Miss. plant raid

    08/27/2008 7:34:31 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 48 replies · 123+ views
    MyWay.com ^ | 27 Aug 08 | HOLBROOK MOHR
    <p>LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - A day after the largest single-workplace immigration raid in U.S. history, Elizabeth Alegria was too scared to send her son to school and worried about when she'd see her husband again.</p> <p>Nearly 600 immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally were detained, creating panic among dozens of families in this small southern Mississippi town.</p>
  • ICE: Nearly 600 detained in Miss. plant raid

    08/26/2008 4:08:53 PM PDT · by homeguard · 17 replies · 122+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Aug 26 04:36 PM | By HOLBROOK MOHR
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  • Immigration Agents Raid South Miss. Factory

    08/25/2008 4:19:12 PM PDT · by WKB · 20 replies · 250+ views
    WLBT ^ | 08/25/08
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Federal immigration agents raided a major manufacturing plant in south Mississippi on Monday, but it wasn't immediately clear how many illegal workers were taken into custody. Barbara Gonzalez, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said the target of the operation was Howard Industries Inc. in Laurel, a town of about 18,000 people located about 85 miles southeast of Jackson. Howard Industries produces dozens of products, ranging from electrical transformers to medical supplies, according to the company's Web site. "This is a targeted enforcement operation that is part of an ongoing ICE investigation that has revealed...
  • Suspect in 1998 Baja massacre is arrested in East Los Angeles

    08/25/2008 8:33:08 AM PDT · by AuntB · 14 replies · 138+ views
    LA Times ^ | Aug. 25, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer and Francisco Vara-Orta
    U.S. officials have arrested a man in East Los Angeles who is suspected in the gruesome 1998 killing of 19 men, women and children in Baja California...... Mancada, 33, is accused of being one of several military-clad gunmen who stormed a ranch in El Sauzal, near Ensenada, on Sept. 17, 1998, pulled victims from their beds, herded them onto a patio and shot them to death. Among the victims were children ages 2 and 1. ... Mancada, 33, told U.S. immigration officials that he crossed into San Ysidro in December 1998 and spent the last decade living in California and...
  • Restaurant owner admits employing illegal aliens

    08/24/2008 11:03:30 AM PDT · by AuntB · 12 replies · 420+ views
    TheTelegraph.com ^ | Aug. 22, 2008 | MAGGIE BORMAN
    SPRINGFIELD - The owner of Toni's Family Restaurant in Mount Clare pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to unlawful employment of illegal aliens. Besim Tabaku, 34, who co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Gentiana, 31, is scheduled to be sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Byron C. Cudmore on Oct. 23. Authorities confirmed to The Telegraph in May that two federal search warrants were executed (at Toni's Family Restaurant and a Benld residence) on May 28, resulting in four Mexican nationals being taken into the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on suspicion of immigration violations. However, ICE spokeswoman...
  • Third lawsuit filed against (FL Congressman) Buchanan

    08/20/2008 9:40:03 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies · 100+ views
    The Bradenton Herald ^ | Aug. 19, 2008 | Stacey Edison
    A third complaint has been filed by a former employee of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's car dealership, Sarasota Ford, claiming the company employed at least eight illegal immigrants. Richard Thomas, a former director of fixed operations at Sarasota Ford, alleges in a lawsuit filed in Sarasota County Circuit Court that Buchanan had illegal immigrants working both at his dealership and at the congressman's home. "Buchanan had imported them to do work on his house, specifically the rock work and the floors," the lawsuit states. "He provided them sleeping quarters in the office beside the store."