A tale of two workers: H-2A farm labor vs. undocumented | Medill
by Gabriel Silverman, Medill News Service for McClatchy on 11/07/11
WILSON, N.C. – For every bucket of sweet potatoes Pablo picks he gets 40 cents. At that rate he’ll need to pick and haul 3,750 buckets to eclipse the $1,500 he paid to a coyote – a term for someone who helps undocumented immigrants jump the U.S. border.
In truth, that number of buckets is higher because Pablo’s boss deducts money for housing, cleaning costs and taxes.
U.S. curbs work program for foreign students
Alabama Employers Get Training About Immigration Law
Fox News Latino, November 7, 2011
Business owners in Alabama say the state's new immigration law – which addresses employers and their duty to check on immigration status – is complex and confusing.
US limits troubled visa program
The Associated Press, November 7, 2011
The State Department is capping a popular exchange program for foreign college students over persistent problems that have included low-paid participants turning to homeless shelters, a walkout over working conditions at a chocolate factory and in one case a woman forced to work as a stripper.
Poll: Republicans struggling with Latino voters as Obama maintains popularity
By Justin Sink
The Hill (DC), November 9, 2011
With migrant workers scared off by immigration crackdown, Wash. orchards desperate for pickers
The Associated Press, November 9, 2011
Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn’t forced them to leave some fruit on trees.
Group pushes reforms to attract skilled foreigners
By Chas Sisk
The Tennessean, November 8, 2011
With efforts to reform immigration in broad strokes blocked in Congress, a group led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to convince Nashville leaders to back new visa rules and other smaller reforms meant to help business.