Month: February 2013

Agricultural Leaders Urge Guest Worker Programs

The agricultural industry is pushing for immigration reform to help create a permanent and stable workforce to harvest crops and work in meat -packing and processing plants or on poultry farms. According to Reuters, the majority of the 1.5 million agricultural workers in the United States are thought to be undocumented immigrants. The existing H-2A visa for temporary …

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Detained Immigrants Released With Alternative Detention

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released several hundred immigrants from detention facilities, noting the fiscal crisis has limited financial resources, according to The Washington Post. On February 22, The Post reported that the average immigration court case takes 550 days before a decision is made, causing many to be held for a prolonged period of time. …

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California Farmers Feel The Crunch Of Immigration Reform

In the fight for a comprehensive immigration reform, California farmers are among the top employers suffering the consequences. Some have to cancel harvesting because there is a lack of workers, costing them thousands of dollars in losses. The Los Angeles Times reported that according to Rayne Pegg, head of the California Farm Bureau’s policy division, roughly two-thirds …

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Study Shows Fees, Language Barriers

A study released by the University of Southern California’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (USC-CSII), entitled “Nurturing Naturalization: Could Lowering the Fee Help?,” found that language obstacles and the high price tag required to apply for U.S. citizenship are the top reasons holding illegal immigrants back from applying. According to The Capital Times, the $680 fee required by the …

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Community Bands Together To Keep Store Owners In United

Loyal customers of Eat More Produce, an organic grocer in Orange County, Florida, are rallying behind the owners who will likely have to shut down their Winter Park location because they were denied green cards by immigration officials. Central Florida ABC affiliate WFTV reported that Canada-natives Katja and Troy Gage, who employ 20 workers, were denied green cards …

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