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  • Irish Students Who Died In Balcony Collapse Came To Bay Area Through Work Program

    06/17/2015 7:03:38 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 17 June 2015 | Sarah Parvini and Veronica Rocha
    For hundreds of college students in Ireland, flocking to California for the summer has become a rite of passage. They arrive in Berkeley each year not to fill University of California lecture halls, but to work on temporary J-1 visas, the federal Work Travel Program that allows foreign students to live and work in the U.S. for up to four months...About 8,000 Irish students applied for the J-1 visa in 2014...
  • Robots Step Into New Planting, Harvesting Roles

    04/24/2015 7:28:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 77 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2015 | ILAN BRAT
    OXNARD, Calif.—A 14-arm, automated harvester recently wheeled through rows of strawberry plants here, illustrating an emerging solution to one of the produce industry’s most pressing problems: a shortfall of farmhands. Harnessing high-powered computing, color sensors and small metal baskets attached to the robotic arms, the machine gently plucked ripe strawberries from below deep-green leaves, while mostly ignoring unripe fruit nearby. Such tasks have long required the trained discernment and backbreaking effort of tens of thousands of relatively low-paid workers. But technological advances are making it possible for robots to handle the job, just as a shrinking supply of available fruit...

    03/16/2015 2:18:10 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State. Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program. “We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,”...

    01/13/2015 8:51:18 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 80 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 13, 2015 | By Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, three Republican Senators joined three Democrats to introduce legislation that would expand the number of guest-workers for the tech industry even though there is a surplus of American high-tech workers. The Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) bill, introduced by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), would also enable companies to hire an unlimited number of workers with advanced degrees from U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering and math, which critics have said would turn some universities into diploma factories for foreign students. Currently, the first 20,000...
  • Business, Labor Strike Deal On Guest Workers

    03/30/2013 9:22:13 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies ^ | 30 March 2013 | Kristen Welker and Carrie Dann
    Business and labor groups [AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce] have reached an agreement on a temporary worker program. The program would start at 20,000 visas, increasing in subsequent years up to 200,000 [low skilled foreign workers]. Workers would be eligible to petition for legal residency after one year.
  • Former bracero recalls program's legacy

    10/15/2010 1:33:29 AM PDT · by thecodont · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | October 15, 2010 | Hector Tobar
    Antonio Nuño Gonzalez stood in line in Mexico and waited for his papers to come to the United States. Eventually he was packed into a cattle car with other men for the trip north. After crossing the border, he was sprayed with DDT and stripped naked for a physical examination so thorough he's still making ribald jokes about it more than 50 years later. It was all worth it for the chance to do back-breaking work — picking cotton, strawberries, lettuce and other California crops, from the desert heat of Brawley to the verdant coastal valley of Watsonville. His American...
  • What a Difference Five Years Make

    08/14/2010 3:13:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 4 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | August 14, 2010 | Cindy Simpson
    Five years ago, my family took a vacation to Niagara Falls. On our return across the Canadian border, U.S. Immigration officials detained us for several tense hours because we happened to be the unlucky renters of a car that matched some sort of suspect list. The same year Immigration officers were busily occupied with the travel risk of the Simpson family, hundreds of thousands of babies were born in hospitals all across the U.S. to parents who gained entry in the country illegally (obviously not driving Hertz rental cars). The parents' reward, other than a beautiful newborn: shiny new made-in-the-USA...
  • McRINO 2007: Co-Sponsors Amnesty Bill With Ted Kennedy. McRINO 2010: “No Amnesty, Send Them Back”

    07/06/2010 11:06:25 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 17 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | JULY 6, 2010 | ZIP
    (The Hill)- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday he would favor immigration reform that would deport most of the residents of the United States who are here illegally. McCain, who at one point had been the top Republican advocate for immigration legislation promising a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, said he favored establishing a guest worker program. But McCain expressed opposition to any program that would give illegal immigrants a way to become citizens. “No amnesty. Many of them need to be sent back,” McCain said during an interview on KQTH-FM in Tucson, Ariz. Once the border is...
  • With 1 in 5 Americans out of work, Obama issues over a million green cards

    04/12/2010 5:57:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 236 replies · 2,728+ views
    The examiner ^ | April 11, 2010 | Dave Gibson
    The Department of Homeland Security has just reported that during 2009, they issued 1,130,818 new Green Cards to foreign nationals, allowing them to work legally in this country. That number represents the fourth highest number of cards issued in one year. 750,000 of the new Green Cards were given to the families of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The top four recipient nations are as follows: -Mexico…164,920 -China…receiving 64,238 -Philippines…60,029 -India…57,304 In Feb. 2009, the financial institution Merrill Lynch announced that the nation’s actual unemployment rate had reached 13.9 percent. A year later, that number had risen to 17.3...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Sen. John McCain Interview: Immigration (McCain now wants to build the fence)

    04/10/2010 9:32:27 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 133 replies · 2,377+ views
    McCAIN: My view is you need a physical fence. But we all know that unless physical fences are surveilled, and then people just punch holes in them. And so I saw in Iraq on my visit there that their ability to serveil areas is that we have the technology now. (snip) McCAIN: After the border is secured, then obviously we have to address the issue of the 12 million people who are still in this country illegally. I don't know what ... American public opinion will take. But one of the key elements, as was in our previous legislation, is...
  • Kyl, McCain push hard to overflow audience (McCain still pushing amnesty)

    02/20/2010 9:35:43 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 903+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2010-02- | Rhonda Bodfield
    (snip) On immigration: McCain stressed the importance of securing the border and establishing a legal temporary-worker program. Foreign workers could take jobs that Americans wouldn't want - such as agricultural jobs in Yuma that go begging - with the burden on employers to quit employing each person at the end of some specified time. Kyl faulted the administration for short-changing border enforcement. (snip)
  • Immigration Enforcement: A Populist Program to Create Jobs

    02/02/2010 11:56:01 AM PST · by Bob017 · 6 replies · 279+ views
    Human Events ^ | 01/29/2010 | Bay Buchanan
    Even before Obama’s State of the Union, Democrats were scrambling to change their priorities from health care to jobs. They realized that Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts represented a nationwide populist response against big government personified in Obamacare, and that voters are wondering why they are busy putting America into debt rather than dealing with the 25 million Americans out of work. In the words of Obama’s chief economic advisor Larry Summers, "[P]riority Number One has to be assuring rapid job growth.” Rep. Anthony Weiner, one of the strongest proponents of Obamacare, conceded, "I don't think it would be the...
  • Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b...

    01/22/2010 2:28:30 PM PST · by Cindy · 12 replies · 852+ views - News ^ | January 22, 2010 | n/a
    Note: Contact info deleted by me. # Note: The following text is a quote: Secretary Napolitano Designates 11 New Countries as Eligible for H-2a and H-2b Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Release Date: January 22, 2010 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano this week designated 11 new countries as eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant visa programs, which allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary or seasonal jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. The 11 newly designated countries—Croatia, Ecuador, Ethiopia,...
  • McCain's Green Valley town hall touches on many topics (like guest workers) ($50 lettuce alert)

    01/15/2010 7:03:34 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 1,196+ views
    (snip) Back inside, questions about border security and immigration, particularly a guest worker program like the old bracero program the U.S. had. A man asked the senator, "Why don't we have a bracero program?" "We need to have a temporary worker program particularly, even in these tough economic times, particularly in the agricultural sector," McCain answered.(snip)
  • The American-Bashers

    12/07/2009 12:27:00 PM PST · by AuntB · 4 replies · 622+ views
    Center for Immigration studies ^ | Dec. 4, 2009 | John Miano
    Those of us who seek to change U.S. immigration policy so that it will no longer serve as a tool to displace, disrupt, and impoverish working Americans get subject to a lot of name calling: "xenophobe," "anti-immigrant," "racist." Those who bash Americans generally get away unscathed in the press. There has been a surge an American-bashing articles recently. This one, claiming Americans don't do their "fair share," comes from Electronic Design news: The H-1B visa program is valuable, and, as the Kauffman Foundation study points out, immigrants have contributed disproportionately to the US economy’s high-tech sector. If Americans are unwilling...
  • Why Import Workers Now?

    12/08/2009 5:26:00 AM PST · by Kaslin · 63 replies · 1,539+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | Pat Buchanan
    At last week's Job Summit, there was talk of a second stimulus package, of tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers, of an Infrastructure Bank to select national priority pubic works projects like the Hoover Dam and TVA of yesteryear. But no one, it seems, advanced the one obvious idea that would have the most immediate and dramatic impact -- a moratorium on all immigration into the United States. Unemployment is at 10 percent, near the postwar high of 1983. Fifteen million Americans are out of work. Ten million more have given up looking or are working fewer...
  • Sen. McCain visits MCAS Yuma [discusses border security, pledges support for guest worker program]

    07/18/2009 1:22:19 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 781+ views
    The Yuma Sun ^ | 2009-07-17 | James Gilbert
    (snip) McCain said the presence of the Guard will not only help prevent the violence in Mexico from spilling across the border, but will also take some pressure off of the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs. "When the bad guys see Americans in uniform, it has an effect on them, no doubt about it," McCain said. "But also there is work that Guard personnel could do to relieve the burden from Border Patrol and Customs." That being said, McCain added that cooperation with Mexico on border issues will continue to be important. As part of his trip to Yuma, McCain...
  • Council on Foreign Relations backs amnesty for illegals, opposes Arpaio-style raids

    07/09/2009 5:22:09 PM PDT · by FromLori · 43 replies · 780+ views
    The uber-establishment Council on Foreign Relations said Wednesday it favors granting legal status to many of the roughly 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., creating a guest worker program for low-skilled foreign workers to come and work in the U.S and opposes local police getting to conduct immigration raids. The CFR issued an immigration policy report Wednesday that looks to lift caps on foreign university students in the U.S. and allow skilled foreign graduates to get more work visas. The international policy group also wants to create legal paths to citizenship for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already...
  • Dithering on Immigration Reform [McCain, Graham want guest workers] [huge barf]

    07/03/2009 9:48:50 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 886+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2009-07-05 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    SAN DIEGO -- President Obama recently reignited the immigration debate when he told reporters that congressional leaders of both parties were ready to "actively get something done and not put it off until a year, two years, three years, five years from now, but to start working on this thing right now." In the months ahead, keep an eye on two things: the calendar and the issue of guest workers. The calendar: "Right now" might not be soon enough. The conventional wisdom is that the longer Obama waits, the harder it will be to pass any immigration reform legislation. One...
  • McCain to Obama: Don't bow to labor unions on immigration [but still helping Obama on amnesty]

    06/27/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies · 432+ views
    WASHINGTON — President Obama told congressional lawmakers Thursday that he would push for an overhaul of the nation's immigration system by early next year. But during the White House meeting, a new political obstacle came into view: how to regulate the influx of foreign workers. The issue was raised by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a principal architect of past attempts to rewrite immigration laws. McCain challenged Obama and other Democrats to stand up to labor unions that are pushing a plan business groups fear could be overly restrictive in admitting future immigrant workers. "I would expect the president of the...
  • Americans Need Jobs; Senate Focuses On Illegals(The Dems do not let a crisis go to waste)

    06/23/2009 1:33:42 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 3 replies · 339+ views
    us news ^ | 6/18/09 | Bob Parks
    At least we know what the priorities are on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) says he wants to enact a new guest worker program as part of a comprehensive immigration reform bill that he is vowing to take up in Congress. Reid announced his intention to enact a new guest worker program last week despite the fact that the economy is in a deep recession and the national unemployment rate has reached 9.4%, a level that has not been seen since 1983 and that is rare in the post-World War II era. Of course, this will be...
  • Greenspan: Immigration reform will help U.S. economy

    05/01/2009 12:42:37 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 52 replies · 1,231+ views
    Newsday ^ | April 30, 2009 | TOM BRUN
    WASHINGTON - Congress should enact "badly needed" immigration reforms to bring in both unskilled and skilled foreign workers if it wants to maintain the nation's economic vitality, former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan said Thursday. Greenspan called for both a temporary worker program for low-skilled jobs and for an increase in visas for highly skilled testimony at the first Senate hearing this year on the prospects of an immigration overhaul. Noting the "very large participation" of undocumented workers in both low- and high-skilled jobs, he said, "if you were to remove either of those groups, the economy would be...
  • McCain: 'Tea parties' born of tax frustration [guest workers, praise for Meghan]

    04/17/2009 4:14:39 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 995+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2009-04-17 | Daniel Scarpinato
    As part of a trip across the state this week, Arizona Sen. John McCain spent Thursday in Tucson. Here are highlights from an interview with the Star: Nationwide "tea parties": "I think there's a significant grass-roots element in America that's fed up with the taxation level and the complexities of the tax code as well," said McCain. "All of this dissatisfaction is obviously inflamed by the terrible economic times we're in." . . . . . "We must have a temporary- worker program, but we also have to secure our borders first," he said. "The level of the violence has...
  • McCain: Homeowners need help with burden of loans [plus guest workers, remarks on Tea Parties]

    04/16/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 1,279+ views
    The Tucson Citizen, Tucson, Ariz. | 2009-04-16
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  • Man's farting prompts knife-throwing attack

    04/09/2009 1:23:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies · 766+ views ^ | April 9, 2009
    A man's flatulence problem in a Texas motel room annoyed his room-mate so much that he ended up stabbing him. Two friends were sharing a meal in the motel room in Waco, Texas on Tuesday, according to local police, when one of them started passing wind. The other had something of a problem with this, it seems, as he threw a large knife at his companion, hitting him in the leg. For good measure, he then stabbed him in the chest as well. The farty victim was taken to a local hospital, where his injuries are not believed to be...
  • 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....
  • Activism - Help restore WA State legal permanent residents 2A rights.

    01/15/2009 11:41:31 AM PST · by MD_Willington_1976 · 14 replies · 735+ views
    Me | 01/15/2009 | MD Willington
    WA State citizens and legal permanent residents, us green card holders need your help! Please contact the members listed and ask them to support HB1052. The bill goes to them on the 22nd of January 2009. This bill restores the 2nd A rights of green card holders under the 14th equal protection clause... WA State is the only state that denies legal permanent residents 2A rights in all of the 50 States. Please Help Email the following people and ask them to support HB1052 House Committee on Judiciary members and contact information: Representative Steve Kirby Democrat Tacoma (360) 786-7996
  • Economy may trump Obama's pledge on immigration

    12/11/2008 2:49:44 PM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 681+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Dec. 10, 2008 | Tyche Hendricks
    The nation's economic crisis could make it tough for President-elect Barack Obama to deliver on his pledge to overhaul the nation's immigration laws, some analysts predict. With unemployment rising, foreign workers are less welcome, say immigration restrictionists, who have vowed to oppose offering legal status to the nation's estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants. "Clearly the economy is job No. 1 for the new administration," said Frank Sharry, director of America's Voice, a pro-immigration advocacy group. "But we fully expect that by the end of year one, that they're going to take a hard run at immigration reform." ..... Yale Law...
  • 15 illegal aliens arrested at BP

    12/11/2008 2:35:27 PM PST · by AuntB · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Post Tribune ^ | Dec. 11, 2008 | Andy Grimm
    WHITING -- Immigration officials arrested 15 members of a cleaning crew at the BP refinery in an ongoing investigation of illegal workers at an Illinois janitorial services company. The workers were employees of United Building Maintenance Inc., a Carol Stream, Ill., company, that was hired for janitorial services at the plant, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. The Web site for UBM states the company is "the largest Hispanic owned and operated facility maintenance company in the Midwest." Two UBM employees, Herminia Najera-Flores and Ramon Aviles-Cano, were arrested earlier this year and have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in federal...
  • Senate drops farm guest-worker legislation

    05/24/2008 6:36:51 PM PDT · by Delacon · 24 replies · 74+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | Thursday, 22 May 2008 | Michael Doyle
    An ambitious agricultural guest-worker plan died with a whimper and not a bang this week, as senators quietly dropped the proposal from an Iraq war spending bill. With little ceremony and no debate, a quick parliamentary maneuver late Tuesday night killed California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's guest-worker plan. The plan would have given temporary legal status to 1.35 million illegal immigrant farm workers, as well as their spouses and children. "We knew it was an uphill battle, but we thought it was one worth fighting," Scott Gerber, Feinstein's press secretary, said Wednesday. Still, the unexpected revival and equally abrupt demise...
  • McCain calls for guest worker visas

    05/22/2008 3:16:42 PM PDT · by radar101 · 105 replies · 145+ views
    SacBee ^ | May 22, 2008 | Peter Hecht
    NION CITY - Republican presidential candidate John McCain joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in calling today for comprehensive immigration reform, including guest worker visas to bring employees to California's Silicon Valley and the state's vast agricultural fields. The two men brought up the issue at McCain's prompting during a global competitiveness roundtable featuring California technology executives and entrepreneurs. Asked by Silicon Valley panelists on what he would do to grant more visa for skilled technology workers, McCain broadly advocated the comprehensive immigration reform plan he had backed with Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy in Congress. The same issue brought McCain intense criticism...
  • Bush administration dramatically increasing numbers of legal foreign workers to harvest crops.

    02/06/2008 9:49:39 AM PST · by northmoor · 22 replies · 81+ views
    Los Angeles Times Staff Writer ^ | February 6, 2008 | Nicole Gaouette
    <p>Bush administration to make dramatic changes to increase numbers of legal foreign workers to harvest crops.</p> <p>The Bush administration today plans to announce the most significant overhaul in two decades of the nation's agricultural guest worker program, in a bid to dramatically increase the number of legal foreign laborers available to harvest crops.</p>
  • Huckabee admits immigration plan has revolving door (amnesty or "guest" workers)

    12/09/2007 6:52:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 459+ views
    Lone Wacko ^ | December 09, 2007
    Mike Huckabee cannot be trusted on immigration matters. I'll say that again: Mike Huckabee cannot be trusted on immigration matters. In fact, just after releasing a plan that unfortunately took in some people, he now admitted on Fox News Sunday (link, video below) what I suspected: his plan includes a revolving door whereby former illegal aliens would leave the U.S. only to return within "days, maybe weeks" as legal workers. He didn't specify whether they'd just be coming back as "guest" workers with no chance at citizenship, but considering that he's supported a "pathway to citizenship" in the past, and...
  • Rove says temporary worker program needed

    11/03/2007 10:24:32 AM PDT · by BGHater · 105 replies · 182+ views
    AP ^ | 02 Nov 2007 | AP
    ODESSA, Texas (AP) - President Bush's former deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, says the government will need a temporary worker program to be successful with immigration reform. Rove said the program is needed reduce pressure on the nation's border security apparatus. But he says the details of such a program haven't been explained to the American public well. He also says the U.S. Border Patrol will need to be doubled and its budget tripled with 300 miles of fence built. The comments came yesterday as part of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute's Distinguished Lecture Series at the...
  • The left can no longer afford to bury the migration debate

    11/01/2007 8:33:49 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 22 replies · 155+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday October 31, 2007 | Jenni Russell
    For years, the vast majority of politicians in the main parties have avoided having honest public conversation about the extent and consequences of immigration. The fear of appearing racist, or giving any ground to the arguments of the far right, has left most MPs and commentators in Pollyanna territory - extolling the economic and cultural benefits of immigration and glossing over problems. That has done the nation no favours, because the consequences of rapid social change have been scarcely studied, let alone addressed. And it has increased many people's distrust of the political universe, as the gulf between their own...
  • Nine days in Slotervaart Immigrant youths turn to violence in Amsterdam

    10/20/2007 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Baladas · 35 replies · 500+ views
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 19-10-2007 | Georg Schreuder Hes
    It has been an unusually violent week for Amsterdam's western Slotervaart district. Cars were torched and youths clashed with police on several consecutive nights after a 22-year-old ethnic Moroccan was shot dead at a police station. He was killed by a policewoman he had just stabbed a number of times. The riots that followed reminded Amsterdam's Chief Commissioner Bernard Welten of a major nightmare for Western European cities: violence on a Parisian scale. Every major town in the Netherlands has its share of so-called problem youths, the type of violent adolescents who gang up to terrorise the neighbourhood. Many of...
  • Feds move to ease guest-worker rules

    10/07/2007 9:43:52 AM PDT · by Dubya · 40 replies · 639+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 07, 2007 | NICOLE GAOUETTE
    WASHINGTON -- With a nationwide farmworker shortage threatening to leave unharvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields, the Bush administration has begun quietly rewriting federal regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers can be brought into the country legally. The urgent effort, under way at the U.S. departments of Homeland Security, State and Labor, is meant to help farm owners caught in a vice between an impossibly complex process to hire legal guest-workers and stepped-up enforcement that has reduced the number of undocumented planters and pickers crossing the border. "It is important for the farm sector to have...
  • Feinstein to push guest-worker bill

    08/23/2007 12:25:14 PM PDT · by Plutarch · 30 replies · 741+ views
    The Fresno Bee ^ | August 23, 2007 | Michael Doyle
    Senator to assure that farm legislation is a priority in today's Fresno appearance. WASHINGTON -- Get ready for another ride on the immigration roller coaster. Today, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be assuring a San Joaquin Valley audience that Congress will once more take up a big agricultural guest-worker bill. A top priority for Valley farmers, the bill soon could resurface on Capitol Hill. "Agriculture is going to push this thing," Manuel Cunha, president of the Fresno-based Nisei Farmers League, said Wednesday. The agricultural guest-worker package is getting its second wind two months after comprehensive immigration reform collapsed in the...
  • Guest Worker Obstacles

    06/25/2007 7:38:40 AM PDT · by Froufrou · 11 replies · 290+ views ^ | 06/25/07 | Sean Mattson
    Landscapers in the United States often have two choices when it comes to labor: a difficult search for locals to do the job — or hiring ready, willing and undocumented immigrants. When former San Antonio City Councilman Richard Perez hires for his family-owned business, he prefers a lesser-known but legal and sometimes viable third option: guest workers from Mexico. As the U.S. Senate stalemated over comprehensive immigration reform this month, it was immigration policy as usual for Perez, on his third trip this year to the U.S. Consulate here to help five applicants get H-2 visas to work for Fairway...
  • Failure Was an Option! Good thing too. The "grand bargain" collapses.

    06/07/2007 10:15:43 PM PDT · by gpapa · 30 replies · 1,359+ views
    Slate ^ | June 7, 2007 | Mickey Kaus
    Cloture fails, 50-45. Immigration bill pulled off floor by Sen. Reid. ... It can't really be about how many amendments Republicans get to offer. ... Alternative: Maybe it's about not being able to take the worst ideas from the left (instant legalization of illegals) and the right (second class guest workers), put them together, call it centrism, bask in fawning MSM coverage and ram it down the throat of voters who don't want it!
  • Worker Visas Intensify Debate on Immigration

    05/25/2007 8:17:20 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 9 replies · 604+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2007 | Pamela Constable
    ...But as the emotionally charged issue of immigration consumes the U.S. Senate and the nation this month, skilled foreign professionals are almost as contentious a part of the restructuring debate as impoverished illegal immigrants.. In many ways, the proposed legislation favors high-skilled immigrants and the industries that employ them. It would increase the ceiling on new H-1B professional visas, which allow one- to six-year stays, from 65,000 to 115,000 a year... Companies that rely on skilled foreign workers say they desperately need more of them, but opponents see their proliferation as an invisible blight on the economy. They argue that...
  • Senate votes to cut guest worker program (Bingaman Amendment Passes)

    05/23/2007 3:39:07 PM PDT · by Republican Red · 43 replies · 1,075+ views
    WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Wednesday to slash the number of foreign workers who could come to the U.S. on temporary visas as part of a broad bipartisan immigration bill. A new guest worker program would be capped at 200,000 a year under the proposal, which passed 74-24 over strong opposition by the Bush administration. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said the change, proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., would interfere with a "central component" of the White House-backed immigration measure. That plan provided for 400,000 worker visas annually, plus an option to increase that number to 600,000 if market conditions...

    05/23/2007 8:37:31 AM PDT · by gpapa · 39 replies · 1,514+ views
    Website of Senator Grassley (Iowa) ^ | May 23, 2007 | Senator Chuck Grassley
    WASHINGTON --- Sen. Chuck Grassley today said the immigration reform bill being debated in the U.S. Senate is riddled with loopholes and flaws. During a speech on the Senate floor, he outlined for the American people nearly 30 flaws within only two sections of the bill. “I was burned once in 1986 when I voted for amnesty believing that it would solve our problems. Now, we have a 12 million illegal immigrant problem. I’m not getting burned again,” Grassley said. “Not only do we have a glide path to citizenship, but it’s a glide path with plenty of loopholes that...
  • Mexicans Fear Immigration Plan Moving Through Congress

    05/18/2007 11:59:14 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 5 replies · 628+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2007 | Unknown
    MONTERREY, Mexico — Congress' new immigration plan was bad news for tens of thousands of poor Mexicans who depend on a U.S. guestworker program for temporary jobs in agriculture and other seasonal work, such as landscaping and construction. Millions of would-be migrants have been holding tight to President Bush's promise that they could one day apply for temporary visas to get a glimpse of the American dream. At the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, which hands out more temporary visas than any other consulate or embassy in the world, Edmundo Bermudez, a 36-year-old from the northern city of Durango, said the...
  • Guest Workers More Like Slaves, Report Says ( hoo)

    03/13/2007 3:46:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 761+ views
    WCVB-TV Boston ^ | March 12, 2007
    Congress ought to examine and end existing abuses in U.S. guest worker programs before it starts a new one for illegal immigrants, a civil rights group said Monday. The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Montgomery, Ala., said foreigners hired through programs for farm and non-farm laborers work in conditions akin to indentured servitude. Discrimination based on national origin, race, age, disability and gender is deeply entrenched in the H-2 guest-worker system, the report said. Because they are bound to a single employer and don't have access to legal resources, guest workers are routinely cheated out of wages, forced to...
  • A change of heart on guest workers

    02/14/2007 5:00:36 AM PST · by radar101 · 8 replies · 558+ views
    SACBEE ^ | February 14, 2007 | Janet Murguian - N
    After President Bush highlighted the need for a temporary-worker program as part of a larger immigration reform in his State of the Union address, Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., compared the president's proposal to slavery. Rangel is right to be concerned. Our nation's history with such programs has been dreadful. Many Latinos still have searing memories of the infamous bracero program, which more than 50 years ago became synonymous with worker abuse. The current guest-worker programs for agriculture and other "non-skilled" labor are not much better. Experience tells us that there is good reason to be concerned that a new worker...
  • Brazil murder fugitive nabbed in Framingham. (Mass.)

    02/19/2007 5:10:33 AM PST · by Bluestateredman · 16 replies · 709+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/19/07 | Wire reports
    Brazil murder fugitive nabbed in Framingham (Mass.)
  • Legal immigrants accuse nursery of forced labor

    02/09/2007 8:33:21 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 22 replies · 712+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | February 9, 2007 | John Christoffersen (A.P.)
    NEW HAVEN -- A dozen Guatemalan workers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing one of the nation's largest nurseries of engaging in human trafficking by forcing them to work nearly 80 hours per week, paying them less than minimum wage and denying them medical care for injuries on the job. The workers, who filed the lawsuit against Imperial Nurseries in Granby and its labor recruiter, say they were promised jobs planting trees in North Carolina for $7.50 per hour. Instead, they say they were taken in a van to Connecticut without their consent, had their passports confiscated so they would...
  • Border control our right ("Remember what happened to the Indians")

    11/17/2006 1:12:27 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 10 replies · 1,054+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | Friday November 17th, 2006 | Mike Rosen
    It's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. I only have room for about 700 here so let me be more concise. Just the other day, an editorial cartoon, set in the 1600s, depicted a rowboat full of Pilgrims coming ashore in the New World and encountering a group of Indians constructing a log wall to keep them out. Standing next to a boulder marked "Plymouth Rock" (in case you didn't get it) on the shoreline, one of the Indians, with his arms folded in an unwelcoming position and a disapproving frown on his face, blocked their way....
  • The Impact of New Immigrants (Illegal Immigrant take 50% of new jobs since 2001)

    09/22/2006 9:55:45 AM PDT · by Tiger007 · 68 replies · 1,397+ views
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 09/22/2006 | Andrew Sum, Paul Harrington, and Ishwar Khatiwada
    Over the 2000-2005 period, immigration levels remained very high and roughly half of new immigrant workers were illegal. This report finds that the arrival of new immigrants (legal and illegal) in a state results in a decline in employment among young native-born workers in that state. Our findings indicate that young native-born workers are being displaced in the labor market by the arrival of new immigrants...